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“Only a few interesting objects”

War Museum of Athens
Ranked #45 of 333 things to do in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
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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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Athens has a lot of fantastic museums, but I was disappointed by the War Museum. A lot of the objects are replicas of artifacts in the National Archeological Museum, and while I certainly enjoy looking at swords and guns, the collection was fairly unremarkable.

However, in the basement (next to the bathrooms), there is a display featuring (I think) a buffalo-hide shield and a madu, an interesting Indian weapon. Those were the highlights for me.

1  Thank BenjaminSchwartz
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

So much history in one place. You could spend quite a few hours in here - and there is so much information to take in. Many video's to watch, weapons to look at - pretty intense

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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.

1  Thank Xapa2222
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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

Thank Nick V
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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!

Thank Jason B
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