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War Museum of Athens

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Address: Rizari 2 | near Syntagma Square, Athens 106 75, Greece
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+30 210-7252974-5-6
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In 1964, the Hellenic State decided to found the War Museum, wishing to...

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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Not far from Syntagma Sq, or a 30 min walk from Acropolis, the War Museum is a good find. Free for kids and just €4 adults, it's a well laid out attraction. Not all exhibits are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Not far from Syntagma Sq, or a 30 min walk from Acropolis, the War Museum is a good find. Free for kids and just €4 adults, it's a well laid out attraction. Not all exhibits are in English, but most self-explanatory. Excellent cafe down stairs, good clean bathroom, and the gift shop was reasonably priced too.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The information in the ancient history section is displayed only in Greek. The QR scanner we had would not work on the cabinets so we had no idea what some of the items were or what their significance was. The large outside displays were quite impressive and the modern history section inside was intelligible to the English speaking tourist. The... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This museum is a treasure trove of history. It includes millennia of Greek warfare, ancient, Byzantine, modern etc. There are narration documentaries playing in several of the rooms and descriptions for every single item on display. Many rooms are themed, e.g. turkish invasion of Cyprus, First world War etc. The whole museum has a very meticulous and organised look. There... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Considering the number of centuries of Greek history, this museum was very well laid out. The majority of the museum focuses on the 20th century, however the is half a floor dedicated to ancient history. Some nice mannlicher schoenauers, small selection of ww1 and ww2 light machine guns.. Unfortunately many of the small arms are unlabeled. The is a QR... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We went here with young children . 2, 4 and 5 years old . Despite first impression the place proved to be child friendly . A section of the museum is outdoors and kids had freedom to run around . I enjoyed looking at and photographing bodies of old jets , helicopters , torpedoes etc. No overly violent images there... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The section with flintlock weapons have 0 descriptions of the displayed items. WW2 exhibits take up the majority of the space, but there is a limit to how interesting seeing mausers, mg34s and mp40s is when they are repeated again and again. The sections on ancient wars was taken up mostly by pottery, which makes it all the more miraculous... More 

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Springwood, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

As a child I enjoyed this museum, the old army out fits and the traditional artifacts of weapons. I pitlucarly liked the jets and the planes. You can make learning here fun for a child.

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Sandringham, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We particularly liked exhibits from history of the Battle of Crete and Alexander the Great. The aircraft outside were significant though deteriorating and needing some care. The hour we spent was worth it. Lighting could be improved. The cafe is good for coffee and there were some serving military personnel there which gave the area added atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

We stopped by to visit the War Museum on a fluke since we were staying at a hotel nearby, and needed something to do on our last day. We were pleasantly surprised that the museum does a great job of documenting Greek history from Alexander the Great to today. We loved to read how earlier battles in BC and early... More 

Thank BostonRedSoxFan2004
Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

The War Museum of Athens has huge collection of armors from Greek revolution of 1821,from WWI and WWII,airplanes, different riffles, grenades, photos and memos of different soldiers. Very ideal place for kids to learn about history.

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