Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments, Athens

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Explore the history of music at Museum of Greek Popular 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. To visit Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments on your trip to Athens, use our Athens travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Museum of Popular Greek Instruments is housed in a three story house on Diogenous Street; near the Tower of the Winds in the Plaka. Funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, this free-to-the-publ...  more »
  • If you are at all interested in Greek music, pay a visit. Very nice collection of instruments with explanations, in a former private house. Smallish but feels comprehensive, and admission is free. Enj...  more »
  • The Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments is not quite hidden in a modest house near the Temple of the Winds in Monasteraki. It isn't a large museum but every item is well chosen. All the main t...  more »
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  • What a special place to see and hear the musical instruments of the Greek people. Three floors of engrossing specimens and descriptions. The instrument shop has limited hours, but the shopkeeper is incredibly helpful.
  • Small museum with traditional folk music instruments. But what an intresting surprise. Well presented and to the point. Free enterance and easy to find. Worth a visit. Don't miss the audio samples with traditional music from various greek regions
  • This museum is a real gem. We couldn't believe that the entrance was free! Beautifully presented. You can listen to samples from different instruments, watch videos and see some of the most beautifully crafted instruments you ever encounter. Don't miss it!
  • Nice displays and an interesting look into the historical instruments of Greece. Especially liked being able to listen to them. Not a big museum but 30 minutes well spent
  • Cute little museum with instruments and melodies from all over Greece. Free admission.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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