History Museums in Athens

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History Museums in Athens

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  • ally762018
    London, UK21 contributions
    Not as engaging as expected but well worth a visit .. expecting to see more to be honest …best to buy your ticket online to avoid the queues in particular during busy periods
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • Nikos M
    Athens, Greece1 contribution
    I attended a guided tour by a well-known archaeologist. It was magical. It gave me a new perspective on exhibits. Great work.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy2,920 contributions
    The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in 1914, and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the Late Middle Ages.

    The permanent collection is structured according to these sections (each of them is further subdivided into sub-sections):
    1. From the ancient world to Byzantium
    2. The Byzantine World
    3. Intellectual and Artistic Activity in the 15th century
    4. From Byzantium to Modern Era
    5. Byzantium and modern art
    On the day of my visit, in October 2023, only sections 1. and 2. were open (i.e up to the 14th century).

    The art pieces you can see in this museum are truly outstanding!

    There were also two temporary exhibitions - they were both OK, but far from as interesting as the permanent exhibition:
    - photographs of Japanese cities
    - "Ars Theatralis", (works by Architect Manos Perrakis
    Written October 27, 2023
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  • Aris D
    86 contributions
    The Hebrew or Jewish museum of Athens is great. Kind staff, modern interiors, interesting exhibits, and as well more positive surprises!
    Written February 3, 2024
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  • Simon S
    Bishopthorpe, UK33 contributions
    Really interesting history of war/military from the Greek perspective. Lots of unique exhibits not seen before. Starts from the early ages right up to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Well worth the visit for 6 euros.
    Written December 7, 2023
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  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, UK871 contributions
    The museum is small but contains a large array of items that were found in the Agora. The items cover nearly two thousand years of time from the very start of the site being used up until a few hundred years ago. Well presented and interesting informaiton. Very good museum.
    Written November 26, 2023
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  • 841allent
    Forest Hills, NY39 contributions
    I enjoy old coins. I love Greek history. This is the perfect combination. My wife and I took our time and went from exhibit to exhibit taking photos of our favorite coins. I think my wife photographed the whole collection ---or close to it.
    Written November 27, 2023
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  • Stelios R
    83 contributions
    Most interesting exhibits: Weapons, armour and personal items of leaders and combatants of the Greek War of Independence (e.g.impressive, elaborate silver plaited swords and guns). Paintings and exhibits related to the numerous battles of this war.Exhibits about the Venecian/Turkish War (18th century). The imposing historical chamber of the first parliament of independent Greece (19th century), which dominates the ground floor.
    Very informative presentation of the struggle for independence and the Philhellene Movement (Lord Byron). Clothing, uniforms and utensils from the period of the Turkish occupation and the struggle for independence. Exhibits about warships and the struggle at sea.
    Some exhibits about the fall of Constantinople (1453). Exhibits about governor Kapodistrias, King Otto and King George I.
    Until June 2024 you may also explore a very detailed temporary exhibition about the Asia Minor War (1919-1922), the Lausanne Treaty (1923) and the consequences of this war (over a million refugees and the "execution of the six", i.e. of those convicted as guilty of the defeat and the downfall of Hellenism of Asia Minor).
    A lot of informative and explanatory texts in English for most exhibits throughout the museum.
    All-in-all: A most important museum, not to be missed by friends of Greece and those interested in the later historical era (i.e.Byzantine,Turkish occupation, founding of the Modern Greek State).
    Low entrance fee.
    Very highly recommended.
    Written February 11, 2024
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  • permia
    Ireland40,825 contributions
    It’s well worth the time spent with this interesting chronicle of Greek education, focussing on the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Passing along a pleasant courtyard with seating and tables, the displays are housed in a fine building from the mid-19th century.

    Chronicling the transition from an education dominated by the church to a more state overseen system is well covered.

    Classrooms with desks, blackboard and learning paraphernalia are evocative. An exhibit in miniature of a school with all its detail is very well composed.

    Many books and volumes, in a number of languages, are shown. Illustrating once again the broad sweep of learning.
    Written April 18, 2020
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  • permia
    Ireland40,825 contributions
    After the upheavals of the long struggle for independence, an important goal of the new Greek state was the implementation of modern educational institutions. Here documents marvellously the nascent university component of this objective.

    At this fine Kleanthous House the first university sat for about four years, from 1837. With just four faculties, but effectively more disciplines given that one, Philosophy, in those days incorporated mathematics and physics.

    A broad collection of documents, and artefacts comprising pharmaceutical, medical and scientific items are on display. Photographs of early students, well attended lectures and academic staff are to be seen.

    The 150th anniversary was celebrated in 1985 and the well-wishing from American universities like Cornell and Temple are proudly exhibited.
    Written March 22, 2020
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  • 933Jeni
    Waterford, Ireland154 contributions
    A truly insightful journey into the Olympic Games. Great, easy to view artifacts and exhibits. Very exciting graphics and videos. WELL worth while .
    Written September 6, 2023
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  • B T
    London, UK1,216 contributions
    It was the house once lived in by the first King of Greece, King Otto in the 1830s. It is mainly an old house full of old period furniture and things. Not much to see, but OK.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • konstantinosorfeask
    ATHENS, Greece30 contributions
    Not very familiar to public! This residence hosted Office and Home (appr.400m2) of one of Athens' best well known couples : Dr Psyciatrist Aggelos Katakouzinos and his wife Lito, celebrity and cultural muse of the 1930s. Many Nobelists, Writers, Artists, Authors and celebrities of the 1930s - 1980s were invited here. Photos, pictures and several items decorate this wonderful historical establishment, just opposite the Greek Parliament, on the 5th floor of this 1960 block of flats.
    Written November 23, 2019
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  • CBR
    171 contributions
    The house is what it says. It is cheap to visit and you can appreciate a bit of social history. The building is in good condition. A bit more on the background history would be useful. The museum of musical instruments is nearby.
    Written June 11, 2019
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  • Perry B
    Sydney, Australia2,679 contributions
    I passed this archive on my pedestrian travels around the City and was intrigued enough to enter. It is worth a visit. There was a great deal of fascinating material as well as detailed papers lodged therein.
    Written April 29, 2019
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