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War Museum of Athens
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Ranked #49 of 350 things to do in Athens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In 1964, the Hellenic State decided to found the War Museum, wishing to honor all those who fought for our country and its freedom.The design of the museum was undertaken by a team of distinguished scientists, headed by Professor Thoukidides Valentis of the National Technical university of Athens (N.T.U.A).On July 18, 1975, the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Constantine Tsatsos and the Minister of National Defense Evangelos Averof-Tositsas inaugurated the Museum.Its various activities include the publication of books, the establishment and maintenance of monuments and memorials and the aid to services and agencies all over Greece.The Museum’s exhibition areas are distributed over four levels (floors) and present images of Greek history from antiquity to the present.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Very vast collectio, from airplanes to WWII machine guns, to samurai swords. Its not the typical turist thing to do in athens, but I really enjoyed it. Besides, it was very cheap (I believe students don't pay), the place is huge, air conditiong (great for greek summer), nice clean bathrooms and walking distance from other main attractions in athens.

Visited August 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“All about war, plus an ancient bonus.”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

The war museum has a variety of weapons (swords, etc), maps, airplanes (!) from a big range of the history of Greece. Plus, it has a whole section that is an ancient temple (not the original, but you get a good idea of what an ancient temple used to be like). If you have the time, this museum is a good 1-2 hours excursion, right in the middle of Athens

Visited June 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I loved this place. It really should be higher up in the rankings! It has everything a person can want to see. Its 3 floors of amazing armor, shields, swords, guns, uniforms and all the history to go with it. It goes through the history of weapons and war from throwing rocks to dropping bombs. Outside there's some planes, torpedos, artillery and bombs. As my friend said when the zombie apocalypse starts this is the place to arm yourself and make your stronghold! A must see for gun nuts and war aficionados.

If you have time after the Byzantine museum next door hit the war museum...you wont be disappointed!

Visited August 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Detailed, Many Artifacts, History”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Greece has a lot of history. Much more than ancient Greece.

Stereotypical but if your partner want to do some shopping then this place can be your alternate.

The staff was friendly as I entered. It seemed run by the Greek military. There are two sections and a combo ticket available.

The museum starts with the native inhabitants and their struggles to conquer and defend the land and sea. The story progresses chronologically. Advances in warfare are seen as the story of geopolitics evolves. Stories are told on a first person view and as a nation and as a region. Exhibits include artifacts, videos, timelines, documents, and story panels. While some items are not the originals there are facsimiles presented.

In the back of he museum there are some old aircraft to see.

While this may be seen as a testosterone filled museum this is also a very detailed history of Greece and can give you a good perspective on Greek ideas and politics.

Visited July 2013
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“Guns, swords and big pointy sticks”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

The early sections were the most interesting. I learnt a lot about the Balkan wars. Each section had an explanatory/contextual video, which helped a great deal since my knowledge of Greek military history is a bit limited.. Later sections seemed to focus on different types of guns, which I guess is reasonable since it is a war museum. There's no two ways about it - a gold plated machine gun is a somewhat disturbing thing to see. Not for everyone, but worth a visit if you're in Athens for a longer stay. PS seems to be staffed largely by the military - I wasn't brave enough to try taking any photos!

Visited June 2013
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