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Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens

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Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a museum in Athens, Greece, created by the renowned Greek jewellery designer Ilias Lalaounis. The ILJM is located near the Acropolis, at the corner of Karyatidon and Kallisperi streets. It comprises 50 collections of a total of over 4,000 jewels and small ornaments dedicated to the history and art of jewellery making. The permanent exhibition displays more than 3000 pieces designed in the period 1940-1992.The buildings- Architecture- HistoryThe Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is housed in two adjoining buildings which are connected internally: one located at 12 Kallisperi Street and the second facing Karyatidon Street.The building at 12 Kallisperi Street dates to the 1930s Athenian modernist movement. From 1968 until the museum’s founding, the workshops of Ilias Lalaounis Greek Gold, the first modern jewelry workshops in Greece, were located here. Today this building houses the museum exhibition spaces on two levels, a gift shop, a café and an auditorium/hall which can be used for a variety of functions. There is also a rooftop terrace. The museum was renovated in 2003-2004 based on the architectural plans of French architect, Bernard Zehrfuss (1908-1996), while the project was carried out by Greek architect, Vassilis Gregoriadis. The ILJM was the first museum in Greece designed to be accessible for visitors with disabilities.The building facing Karyatidon Street is Art Deco and probably dates to the 1920s. Originally it was the home of the museum’s founder and namesake, Ilias Lalaounis. Today it houses the museum’s offices and extensive research library.Permanent exhibitionThe permanent exhibition features over 3,000 jewelry items and micro-sculptures from 50 collections designed by Ilias Lalaounis between 1940 and 2002. Among others, collections include those inspired by prehistoric art, the art of Ancient Greece, the art and architecture of Byzantium, 15 different world cultures, nature and technology, as well as special commissions such as the Olympic torch and ceremonial swords.
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  • The collection is almost exclusively the work of Ilias Lalaounis and covers two floors of the building where his original workshop was. The top floor is something of a retrospective of Lalaounis’ work...  more »
  • Amazing for a free 2 hour visit. The exhibits were mind-blowingly beautiful and the level of skill involved in creating this level of jewelry is incredible. There were people on hand giving demonstrat...  more »
  • This is a lovely boutique museum displaying the history of Greek jewelery made by Ilias lalaounis - whose pieces were inspired by the rich collections and designs of the ancient Greeks. He started a t...  more »
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  • It is very nice and comfortable museum exc. the air conditions.
  • The museum's permanent exhibition examines the art of smithery. jewelry creation and micro sculpting through the creations of the world renowned artist Ilias Lalaounis. Apart from that, look for its temporary exhibions! There is a wide variety of topics that you can learn from! The museum staff is always helpful, so feel free to ask anything you have a question on!
  • Beautiful pieces!!
  • What a nice collection. Multiple themes of inspiration and intrinsic artistry!
  • A small museum about jewellery