National History Museum (Old Parliament), Athens

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The National Historical Museum, founded in 1882, is the oldest of its kind in Greece. It is located in the Old Parliament House at Stadiou Street in Athens, which housed the Hellenic Parliament between 1875 and 1932.
The museum houses the collection of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, founded in 1882. It is the oldest collection of its kind in Greece, and prior to its transfer to the Old Parliament, was housed in the main building of the National Technical University.
The collection contains historical items concerning the period from the capture of Constantinopolis by the Ottomans in 1453 to the Second World War, emphasizing especially the period of the Greek Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the modern Greek state. Among the items displayed are weapons, personal belongings and memorabilia from historical personalities, historical paintings by Greek and foreign artists, manuscripts, as well as a large collection of traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece. The collection is displayed in the corridors and rooms of the building, while the great central hall of the National Assembly is used for conferences.
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  • Located close to Syntagma Square and the National Garden, the National History Museum is a must visit location. The building is beautiful in and of itself and I found the contemporaneous early ninetee...  more »
  • OK all fine with the exhibits and But.... But all the time it was in phase: do not touch... Three and a little we went out of each room. What kind of tour was that? Don't go with anything especially on a field trip. I WOULD POST PHOTOS BUT WHAT A PITY THEY DID NOT LEAVE US
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  • This museum was great. I was here for a summer program and stopped by. It was great. Very informative, interesting exhibits about Greece and stuff. Interesting to see the old congress area. The artwork was neat and the place really made an impact on me.
  • Not friendly to non Greek due to the lack of guidance and proper text explanations. If you are Greek and well educated in terms of modern greek history then it works. But overall it is old style museum. In any case, with only 3 euros of entry fee, it is worth visiting.
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