The Greek Children's Museum was founded in 1987 and is situated in a renovated neoclassical building in Plaka. It is one of the 300 Children’s museums that exist all over the world. Its goal is to intrigue the children and to teach them through an interactive method. It is suitable for children up to the age of twelve.
On the ground floor the first room is called Bubble Room. Here the children can play with water and shop and create various bubbles even as big as themselves. There is also a playground that offers various materials with which the children can build various structures and create spaces. A corridor is dedicated to experiments concerning water. The room of Pythagoras is dedicated to the geometrical shapes. The family room is specifically designed for children from 0-3 years old. It contains various educational toys suitable for these ages. There is also some space where the parents can sit watch their children and talk with other parents.
On the second floor there is a room called The Market. Shops like the Bakery, the Pharmacy, the Butchers shop, the Grocery and others are presented in a smaller scale in order to help the children to understand how the market works and realize their consuming habits. In the Kitchen the grownups and the children can mix ingredients to create cookies. They can cook and try them. In the Attic several objects of the everyday use of the previous decades are on display. Here, there is the chance to explain to the children how the previous generations lived and enjoyed themselves. There is also a room dedicated to the human body. Here the children learn the benefits of good health and physical exercise. Another room called Factory demonstrates to the children the procedure of mass production. On this floor there is also a separate space where the children's creations are displayed.
The museum offers also a toy store with educative and well chosen toys. There is another shop called Material shop. Left overs and scraps of various factories and shops are sold to be used as materials for the children's creations. In this way the idea of recycling can be introduced to the children.
The Children’s museum offers the parents the opportunity to pass some fun, creative and educational hours with their children. On the other hand it is just a small sample of what this kind of museum could have been. Even if the intentions are honest and well aimed, the museum still has a long away to go and to evolve in order to become a real educational tool for the teachers and the parents.
Tip: Even if it is not stated the museum seems to be close during the summer period. Call before visiting in order to be on the safe side.
- Address: 14 Kydathinaion, 10558 Plaka, Athens
- Schedule: Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 - 14.00 Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 - 15.00
- Phone: (+30) 210.3312995
- Internet Page: http://www.hcm.gr/