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Maria-Niki Koutsoukou - Athens Museums - Athens Museums Sat, 23 Mar 2019 18:40:33 +0000 en-gb Mineralogy and Petrology Museum of the Athens University Mineralogy and Petrology Museum of the Athens University

The Mineralogy and Petrology Museum occupies a total area of about 1100 m2. The collections are exhibited in the first three halls with dimensions of 10 x 8, 13 x 8 and 33 x 20 metres respectively, while the fourth hall is for audio-visual presentations and lectures, and is 17 x 8 m.

The Museum also has areas for its laboratory, offices and storage space, which are not open to the public

The first hall creates a feeling of admiration in the visitor because it is adorned with seven modern crystal cases, lighted internally, in which mineral samples of high aesthetic value are presented, some of which are among the most beautiful of their kind. These cases were lent by the Greek Association of Mineral and Fossil Collectors. Explanatory texts provide information about related subjects.

The second hall is mainly of a teaching nature. In three built-in display cases, samples and explanatory texts are presented to enable the viewer to understand the concepts of minerals, rocks, ores and industrial minerals. In a special case devoted to meteorites, a sample of iron meteorite found in Argentina is displayed.

In the third hall, the visitor encounters the heavy wooden display cases of the 19th century. The walls are covered by high upright cases, while inside the hall there are also low cases in which the systematic collection is found. The decoration of the second hall is fully in harmony with the Museum’s exhibits, most of which can be dated from the 19th century.

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Mineralogical Museum of Laurion Mineralogical Museum of Laurion

The Society of Studies of the Lavrion Region founded the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion, with the aim of highlighting one of the most important aspects of the region's natural wealth. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of A. Kordellas (1836-1909), the major contributor to the revival of modern-day Lavrion. The Lavrion area is one of the most favoured sites in the world from the point of view of its variety of minerals, and samples of its minerals are displayed in the greatest Natural History Museums.

The Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion is housed in a small but noteworthy example of the industrial architecture of the 19th century (1873), in the remains of the important metal-washing plant of the Greek Society. In the Museum's showcases are exhibited approximately 700 samples of 115 different kinds of minerals, classified according to the norms of mineralogical science (DANA 1850), into the following categories: sulphides, sulphates, native elements, halogens, limes, oxides-hydroxides, arsenides, vanadiums. All the exhibits are in crystal form.

Some of the exhibits are exceedingly rare (annabergites, serpierites, spangolites, laventulanites, etc.), while others are particularly beautiful specimens (azurite, adamsite, smithsonite, etc.). There are also rare specimens of the famous "slag minerals".

In addition to the minerals exhibited, one can also see objects related to the extraction and refining of ores (lead ingots, slag cones, lead monoxides, types of lead and slag, digging implements and lamps, apparatus used for the transportation of ores, A. Kordellas walking stick, etc.). [Source]

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Telecommunications Museum Telecommunications Museum

OTE Telecommunications Museum preserves and exhibits important collections, closely connected with the history of Greek telecommunications and thus OTE, as well as the history of Greece and the evolution of its society.

The telecommunication inventions of man, in his attempt to overcome the space-time barriers for a safe and rapid communication are the stories narrating by our Museum. Operates since 1990 in the building of OTE in Kifissia and offers specific areas for its permanent exhibitions, screening and lecture hall, library and laboratory. The Museum's collection includes more than 4.500 objects and a rich archival material.


The Museum's collection exceeds 4.500 objects and archival material. It includes, among other things, copies of important, ancient and Byzantine media, original hand phones (late 19th century), Morse telegraphs, fiber optics, wireless communication systems, telephoto devices (1949), telex, and one of the first Greek TV studios (1965). The objects are classified based on their originality and construction.

The exhibition is divided into two major periods: the "pre-electric", which includes telecommunications inventions from the Greek antiquity and Byzantium, and the "after-electric" period relating to telecommunications inventions since the discovery of electricity, the satellite communications to the modern telecommunications services.

Archive Material

The Telecommunications Museum holds an interesting collection of black and white telephotographs since the establishment of OTE in 1949 until 1986, including scenes from the public life, everyday life, parades, military exercises, sports and cultural events. Also, the collection of the museum includes telegrams from the beginning of telegraphy in 1859 until the mid-70s, with diverse thematic content, such as political, administrative, military, advertising and private content.

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Zoological Museum of the University of Athens Zoological Museum of the University of Athens

The Zoological Museum of the University of Athens is the oldest and richest zoological museum of Greece. It is part of the National Natural History Museum that is the oldest natural history museum in the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.

The exhibition area of the Museum covers 2,200 m2 and is divided in several sections:

The anthropological section includes human bones from excavations exhibiting palaeopathological symptoms, and skull models of the ancestors of modern man. 

The section of mammals includes a variety of most of the mammalian orders with specimens from all the continents. In separate large showcases, several impressive animals are shown, such as a large moose from Canada, a group of large felines from Africa and one giraffe.

The section of birds includes a large number of specimens from all over the world, especially from Greece, shown according to their habitats. Also, several eggs and nests, some species that have become or are in danger to become extinct from Greece, and finally a separate presentation of large non-flying birds such as ostriches.

The section of amphibians and reptiles includes most of the amphibians and reptiles of Greece and many from other parts of the world. Some large reptiles such as crocodiles, pythons and sea turtles are presented separately.

The section of marine vertebrates includes marine and freshwater fish as well as marine mammals. Most interesting are a giant white shark and the skeleton of a minke whale.

The section of insects includes a variety of insect orders, some species, which are pests, and some which are useful for man, insects of Greece in their habitats, and the insects of other continents outside Europe.

The section of mollusks includes a large collection of several mollusks from Greece and abroad.

The section of marine invertebrates includes sponges and corals from various parts of the world.

The D. Papalios collection is exhibited in a separate section of the museum. It includes animals from many parts of the world. In the dioramas we can see scenes from the African savanna, the arctic region, ostriches in African grasslands and the habitat of the American bison.

Some threatened animals are presented separately. Among them we can see the Mediterranean monk seal, the loggerhead turtle, the brown bear and some threatened birds.

30,000 persons, mostly school children of primary and secondary schools, are visiting the exhibition every year.

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Museum of Anthropology of the University of Athens Museum of Anthropology of the University of Athens

The Anthropological Museum of the University of Athens was founded in 1886 and is one of the oldest Human Museums in Europe. The foundation aimed at promoting scientific goals of the physical anthropology.

Since its inception, it had been created with the prospect of an integrated educational and academic unit, beyond just a museum with a widely informative character. The collections of the museum includes: paleoanthropological, skeletal, prehistoric and ethnic.

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Goulandris Natural History Museum Goulandris Natural History Museum

The Goulandris Museum of Natural History is a museum in Kifisia, a northeastern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded by Angelos Goulandris and Niki Goulandris in 1965 in order to promote interest in the natural sciences, to raise the awareness of the public, in general, and in particular to call its attention to the need to protect Greece's natural wildlife habitats and species in the danger of extinction.

The museum includes large collections of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, shells, rocks, minerals and fossils, from the rich natural wildlife of the Greek territory. The botanical collections number over 200.000 species of plants, among which there are 145 newly discovered ones, which have been recorded thanks to the museum's research. The kernel of the botanical collection was formed when it acquired the collection of Constantine Goulimis, the author of Wild Flowers of Greece that was illustrated by Niki Goulandris. In the museum's laboratories, scientific research is being carried out in the areas of geology, ecology, botany, zoology, entomology, marine biology, ornithology, herpetology, palaeontology and biotechnology. In the exhibition rooms are presented in detail the variety and interdependence of the biocommunities and the floral, animal and geological wealth of Greece.

The Goulandris Museum of Natural History also functions as a complementary educational institution for all levels of education. Its activities include further education programmes, seminars, lectures, the publication of books and other material, and itinerant exhibitions on crucial environmental issues in Greece and abroad. The Museum is linked to international organizations and to Institutes of Higher Education.

Some of the most important exhibits of the museum are the Zoology Room, the Palaeontology Room and the display of bivalve molluscs from various parts of the world. [Source WikiPedia]

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Industrial Gas Museum Industrial Gas Museum

In 1857 Francois Theophile Feraldi undertakes the task of lighting Athens with coal gas. Athens Municipality grants the French businessman a 50 year prerogative. For approximately 60 years, the streets of Athens will be lighted with coal gas.


In 1887 Giovanni Baptista Serpieri takes over as administrator of the gas plant. The small gas unit of Athens meets its era of prosperity. Gas holders, steam boilers, steam engines, purification units and several other buildings spring up gradually in the approx. 30 acres site.

In 1938 gasworks administration passes to Athens Municipality. In 1952 Athens Municipal Gasworks Operation is founded. Athens retorts houses burned out in 1984.

In 1999 the first cultural events were hosted in the premises of the old factory. City of Athens Technopolis became a part of the historic course of the plant.

In 2013 Industrial Gas Museum will open its doors.

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Museum of Geology and Paleontology of the Athens University Museum of Geology and Paleontology of the Athens University

The history of the Museum starts in 1858. It all begun with the donation of the collections of the Natural History Society to the University of Athens. These collections were the foundation of the Natural History Museum. During these early years and despite financial difficulties, the collections of the Museum increased considerably, thanks to many donations, purchases and the collection of material during scientific expeditions in Greece.

In 2002, the start was given for a complete renovation of the exhibition. Since the majority of the Museum’s specimens originates from Greece, we decided to built an exhibition focusing on this material. The new exhibition presents the fossil fauna and flora of Greece during the last 30 million of years. It shows the evolving region, characterized by major climatic changes, which had a big impact on the flora and fauna.

The Collection

The Museum of Paleontology and Geology houses an irreplaceable collection of the geology, fossil fauna and flora of the mainland and the islands of Greece. The collection of fossils falls into four main groups: invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, and micropaleontological objects. The most important fossils are on exhibit for the public. The fossils from Greece range in time from 290 million years ago until only about 4.4 thousands years ago. The oldest Greek fossils are trilobites and brachiopods from the Permian deposits of Chios. Apart from the Greek fossils, we have some foreign fossils and casts, mainly of large reptiles.

  • Collection of Fossil Vertebrates
  • Collection of Fossil Invertebrates
  • Collection of Fossil Plants
  • Vrisa Natural History Collection: The Natural History Collection of Vrissa, Lesvos, is part of the collection of the Museum. The Vrissa Collection contains rocks, minerals, fossils, plants and taxoderms of the living fauna of the island.
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Museum Alex Mylona – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Museum Alex Mylona – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Situated on the fringe of the Athens Archaeological Park, within the historic Thission area, the Museum Alex Mylona, which was founded in 2004, provides visitors with a rare journey into contemporary art through the work of the Athenian sculptress Alex Mylona and periodic contemporary art exhibitions.

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Hellenic Motor Museum Hellenic Motor Museum

Athens Motor Museum. Automobiles dominated my interests ever since I can remember myself. My father’s cars, were the first getaway to my passion for driving, not always with his approval. In 1977, when my first child was born, I decided that I had completed the first cycle of my participation in competitions, so I turned to the collection of old cars.

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