War Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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Neighbourhood: Pangrati
The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 3 min walk
  • Megaro Moussikis • 10 min walk
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  • angelicvirgo
    Cootehill, Ireland15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum Fantastic but Rude Staff
    I brought my little brother here on our last day in Athens as he is interested in any war. I surprisingly enjoyed it as well. Fantastic lay out of the museum. The only thing I didn't like about was the very rude lady who works in the museum's cafe outside, before I asked anything she said 'what' in a rude ignorant tone. She was like a bulldog chewing a wasp, very rude and no manners.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Stelios R
    135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable experience!
    The museum was a revelation: One would not expect to see so many most historic weapons, artifacts, exhibits and documents all the way from antiquity through Balkan Wars, First and Second World Wars(with an amazing collection of German, Italian, English, French and other guns and weapons) to Korean war and beyond. The exhibits outside the museum (artillery guns and warplanes) are also interesting. . Excellent work done! Recommended for all friends of Greece and people from allied countries, interested in war history. A really exquisite museum at European level, indeed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom891 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting museum
    The museum is a history of warfare in Greece was thousands of years ago to the present day. The exhibits were interesting and we found there to be enough English language signs and information pieces. There are a few unusual items including a selection of guns given as presents from dignatories from across the world.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Simon S
    Bishopthorpe, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum with interesting exhibits
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
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Mari A
Karlshamn, Sweden10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
More than I expected! Lots of information, several floors and also some outside to look at.
Very interesting! Make sure you have time, it took us at least 2.5-3 hours to walk through.
Written 12 June 2024
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Mark O
132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were a little disappointed by this museum. It was worth the trip but only just. It feels a bit dated and I think you would really need to be a gun/uniform enthusiast to enjoy the displays. I think the museum would benefit greatly from some simple displays giving a written overview of the various conflicts.
Written 22 January 2024
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Simon S
Bishopthorpe, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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 7 December 2023
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The museum is a history of warfare in Greece was thousands of years ago to the present day. The exhibits were interesting and we found there to be enough English language signs and information pieces. There are a few unusual items including a selection of guns given as presents from dignatories from across the world.
Written 26 November 2023
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Barry B
Ottawa, Canada171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This war museum is a charm. If you want to learn about Greece’s early history, it is great. The entrance fee will not break the bank at 3 euro.
Was there 2.5 hrs and didn’t even notice the time.
Written 14 October 2023
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Stelios R
135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The museum was a revelation: One would not expect to see so many most historic weapons, artifacts, exhibits and documents all the way from antiquity through Balkan Wars, First and Second World Wars(with an amazing collection of German, Italian, English, French and other guns and weapons) to Korean war and beyond.
The exhibits outside the museum (artillery guns and warplanes) are also interesting.
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Excellent work done!
Recommended for all friends of Greece and people from allied countries, interested in war history.
A really exquisite museum at European level, indeed.
Written 29 September 2023
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angelicvirgo
Cootehill, Ireland15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I brought my little brother here on our last day in Athens as he is interested in any war. I surprisingly enjoyed it as well. Fantastic lay out of the museum.
The only thing I didn't like about was the very rude lady who works in the museum's cafe outside, before I asked anything she said 'what' in a rude ignorant tone. She was like a bulldog chewing a wasp, very rude and no manners.
Written 18 September 2023
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,691 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
There are many exhibits of aircraft and gins outside of the museum as they are too large to fit inside.
There are two floors, plus a basement where the toilets are and a small corridor of exhibits.
There is no natural light in the interior of the museum so it is very dark, but I suppose it added to the atmosphere.
The exhibits look at war from ancient to modern times, and there are many good artefacts on display.
If you use the toilets on the lower ground floor, this is where the offices are located. It seems that people are still allowed to smoke in the workplace in Greece, and as a result the whole lower ground floor smells of smokes and reminds me of the days when you were in a nightclub and the acrid smell clung to your clothes, disgusting it needs to be banned in a public place.
Written 20 August 2023
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Elene
Tbilisi, Georgia69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Very interesting place to visit if you really enjoy learning about the history! University students can enter there for free.
Written 15 August 2023
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Nicky
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited as a family of adults. Two of us are war museum enthusiasts; one of us is decidedly not. We all enjoyed the experience very much.

We started our visit outside, looking at the planes and cannon that are on display. They have helpful signs in both Greek and English. There were WWII planes, torpedoes, anti-aircraft missiles, etc. It was really well laid out and we were lucky with the weather (sunny but with a refreshing breeze).

The exhibitions indoors were fascinating.

The top floor had stuff from ancient Greece and went all the way to WWI. Some exhibitions were mostly pictures (e.g. the Greek Revolution). There was an interesting cutaway view from the Metaxas Line, and a wooden propeller from a WWI plane.

The middle floor had exhibits from WWII and lots and lots of military dress. There was information on a saboteur I never knew existed, Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz. Also there was a little room on Cyprus, which I thought was a nice touch. And there was a section on the Greek Expeditionary Force to Korea -- I'm ashamed to admit that I had no idea the Greeks had fought in the Korean War, but this museum educated me.

The ground floor had two exhibitions I really liked - a reenactment of the Greek forces in Korea, and a reenactment of the fighting in Messolonghi.

The two reasons I lopped off a star were: 1) the aircon wasn't working (or at least wasn't working well); and 2) I felt like some exhibits could have had a lot more information in English. An important mission of any museum, I think, is to impart history and culture to visitors from abroad. Whilst much information was in English, they could have done a better job.

However: this is a must-see for anyone in Athens and I highly, highly recommend it.
Written 8 August 2023
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