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Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

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Thissio / Makriyanni
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Address: 12 Kallisperi N., Athens 117 42, Greece
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+30 21 0922 1044
09:00 - 15:00
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The ILJM is the only jewelry museum in Greece. It is a nonprofit cultural...

The ILJM is the only jewelry museum in Greece. It is a nonprofit cultural organization certified by the Greek Ministries of Finance and of Culture since 1993. The ILJMuseum is not government funded. The Museum strives to act as an international center for the continuation of traditional crafts especially the ancient art of silver and goldsmithery. In its twenty years of operation over 50 temporary exhibitions have been organized in Greece and abroad. 1200 specialized educational programs have reached over 90.000 children and 20.000 adults. Its future agenda includes introducing new initiatives on education of art and cultural education through fun and inspirational activities for both children and adults. Collaboration with international Museums, organizations and Educational institutions is needed more than ever to bring Greece in the front page of the international Cultural agenda.

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Amazing for a free 2 hour visit. The exhibits were mind-blowingly beautiful and the level of skill involved in creating this level of jewelry is incredible. There were people on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hertford, United Kingdom
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing for a free 2 hour visit. The exhibits were mind-blowingly beautiful and the level of skill involved in creating this level of jewelry is incredible. There were people on hand giving demonstrations of different materials and different methods and they were genuinely passionate about their craft. If you found this useful please click and like my review - thank... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a lovely boutique museum displaying the history of Greek jewelery made by Ilias lalaounis - whose pieces were inspired by the rich collections and designs of the ancient Greeks. He started a trend of taking these designs - adding his own artistic interpretation and selling them in his stores worldwide.

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Chestnut Ridge, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you love jewelry, this is a worthwhile museum. Be sure to check the opening hours to make sure they are open when you drop by. There are also free admission days, so don't forget to check the schedule ahead of time.

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New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

Loved everything about this museum. Wednesday afternoons it's free admission and open until 9pm. Houses pieces from the various Collections created by this great man, permanent displays and temporary exhibitions by up and coming artists. A great insight and wonderful background knowledge to take to their store before making a purchase of a lifetime.

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Reviewed 5 April 2016

This museum offers a glimpse into the history of jewelry-making through the designs of master goldsmith Ilias Lalaounis, with works that cover his career from 1940 to 2000. Located on the site of his father’s workshop, where Lalaounis originally learned his craft, the permanent collection comprises over 3.000 pieces of jewelry and miniature sculptures, and includes works that are reminiscent... More 

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 14 December 2015

This museum is a definite must-see for everyone who likes jewellery, or art in general. It focuses on the really unique creations of Ilias Lalaounis, who was inspired by nature as well as ancient civilizations. I was most impressed by body jewellery as well as the jewels inspired by DNA. Until June 1016, the museum also hosts a separate exhibition... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Ilias Lalaounis jewelry museum is a must see in Athens. The staff are wonderful and the pieces on display are breathtaking. Most importantly, the staff at the jewelry shop are honest. I bought a beautiful amethyst necklace and received the tax form to have stamped at the airport. I mailed it from the States and received a refund on my... More 

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Carmel, California
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

This is an absolute must see while in Athens. The history and beauty of Ilias Lalaounis's various collections is not matched easily. The workmanship is truly amazing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

This Museum is for those that have an appreciation for jewellery, design, decorative arts and craftsmanship. To see the works of Ilias Lalaounis, was so totally inspirational and I am in awe of someone who was so prolific and with exquisite craftsmanship. This museum should be a pilgrimage for all artist no matter your craft. Truly inspirational.

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Mykonos Town, Greece
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Every big city holds hidden surprises for the adventuresome. Not to make a pun, this one is a gem. The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum honors the patriarch of modern Greek jewelry and internationally recognized icon of the decorative arts. Only a few blocks from the New Acropolis Museum and Acropolis, you'll see first hand the techniques that resulted in more... More 

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Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
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