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Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, Athens

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Explore the history of music at Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, where you'll find over 1,200 Greek musical instruments on display. The collection spans over 300 years of musical history, and includes lyres, flogheras, defia, gaides, koudouia, laghouta, bouzoukia, souravlie, and many more pieces. Located in an Athenian mansion built in 1842, the museum is laid out over three floors, with instruments grouped into four sections. Explanatory labels in English accompany the displays, and the available earphones let you hear how each instrument sounds. Arrange your visit to Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and discover more family-friendly attractions in Athens using our Athens online driving holiday planner.
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  • This is a gem! You can learn a lot about how instruments make their sounds, watch videos of people performing in cultural contexts, learn about the role of music in celebrations, National identity... 
    This is a gem! You can learn a lot about how instruments make their sounds, watch videos of people performing in cultural contexts, learn about the role of music in celebrations, National identity...  more »
  • A traditional building of three floors displaying traditional/folk instruments from different Greek districts with possibility to hear the music of them. It’s worthy to visit it while strolling in... 
    A traditional building of three floors displaying traditional/folk instruments from different Greek districts with possibility to hear the music of them. It’s worthy to visit it while strolling in...  more »
  • Housed in an elegant mansion from the 1840s the fabulous varieties of making music reflect the enduring love of Greek music. Its foundation was a 1978 donation of over 1000 folk instruments by... 
    Housed in an elegant mansion from the 1840s the fabulous varieties of making music reflect the enduring love of Greek music. Its foundation was a 1978 donation of over 1000 folk instruments by...  more »
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  • Really cool collection of Greek folk instruments. Granted, as a musician, I find it really fascinating, but I suspect even a non-musician who appreciates music enough will enjoy it. Despite some earlier reviews and a website I found which claims free admission, there is a cost of €3. Small price to pay, imho.
  • The collection of instruments is big and covers a wide range of periods. It's correctly organized and invites to discover it. The text are not so long. The temporal exhibition about the Greek revolution is well integrated and supplements the permanent exhibition. Sadly the personal don't speak good english and even in 2022 they still haven't found a way to play the recordings (the headphones were not there due to corona). It's sad to see the Instruments and not hear them.
  • Just a magical little place. Costs 2 euros to enter
  • The House of Georgios Lassanis Laskos from Kozani one of the oldest of new Athens ,shame there is no sign with his name ..
  • Interesting exposition of greek folk instruments.

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