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Museums, galleries, and venues in Athens city center related in a way to art, both contemporary and all-time classic.
A small but fascinating museum for music lovers, with free entrance. The Museum of Popular Music Instruments “MELMOKE” is housed in an old Athenian mansion built in 1842, since June 1991 and presents the results of a half century of research and study by the musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis. The collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day are exposed mainly on the basis of their ethnological and musical interest. The display is…
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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. The museum is housed in…
The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. CYCLADIC CULTUREThe Cycladic civilization flourished on the islands of the central…
The museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia. Your tour will also include many other facets of Athenian history, culture and life. Several other collections and a series of typical late 19th century- early 20th century sitting and living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy complete the different aspects of our city offered by…
The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years. The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment…
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm. Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park. Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both…
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Psiri is the place to be if you are interested for Greek food, live Greek music or nightlife. Just 10 minutes walk from your cozy Syntagma flat, there is no area as authentically Greek as Psiri. Worth visiting, if someone wants to see how Greeks spend their nights out. As it is right next to Monastiraki it can be included in a walk in Athens center. Psyri is full of contradictions. Until the early 1990s, Psyri had a dangerous reputation,…
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The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000 The Frissiras Museum houses the private collection of over 3,500 works of its founder, Vlassis Frissiras. An attorney by profession but passionate about Art. He started collecting works by young Greek visual artists in 1978, with the resolute aim of putting together a collection made up exclusively of paintings centered on two axes: the human form and body, and representation, i.e. the…
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The Museum of illusions in Athens is a different, contemporary museum in which guests are requested to touch the exhibits and are encoraged to take photos.In fact, you'll regret if you do not carry a camera fully charged and with memory space. Visit this museum if you like experiential entertainment.Ιn a building with a total area of more than 400 sq. m. special designed rooms, installations, images and visual games designed to sharpen the mind and confuse the eye, will…
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Exhibition: [ 30 November 2018 - 30 March 2019 ] Don’t miss this impressive exhibition for the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci world famous Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, geometrist, engineer, anatomist, musicians and palaeontologist. Three major exhibitions on his life and work are united in Athens for the first time.With the help of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome, the Lumiere Technology Institute in Paris, as well as specialists from Italy and France, the…
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Outlaw art (most of the times) in the urban landscape, in other words, Graffiti. Travelers to Athens can't help but notice the amount of graffiti in the city. Any surface that can be sprayed upon is covered with a maddening number of scribbles, slogans, signatures, and designs, but there is also a large amount of graffiti that is good art. Walking around Athens especially at Plaka, Gazi, Psiri, Metaxourgio and Exarchia districts you may discover amazing pieces of art in…
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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. The permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface. The Museum's collection is formed around a very important nucleus of works by Greek and foreign artists, such as Stephen Antonakos, Constantin (Dikos) Byzantios, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Mona Hatoun, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Ilya…
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Kolonaki is the elegant and chic area of central Athens thus an upmarket district. It is located between Syntagma square, Lycabettus hill, and Exarchia. From the National Gardens, cross Vassilias Sophias street, walk from Irodou Attikou str. past the beautiful mansion that houses the Benaki Museum and you will find yourself at Kolonaki square. Its name derives from the two-meter column, located in Kolonaki Square, that defined the area even before a single house had been built there. This is…
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