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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  • This museum was designed by an ethnomusicologist Greek who brought together a very comprehensive collection of instruments, films and photographs that illustrate the instrumental practices, rites and festivals of the traditional Greece (not the one who listens to British music and puts her children to the American school). The Museum was renovated and depends on the national museums. Helmets are placed near each window to hear comments and the corresponding music. This structure is completed by screens that broadcast movies of good quality. Instruments are grouped according to the organological categories defined by the German musicologist Sachs: membranophones, idiophones, aerophones and chordophones. It's a little austere but effective to distinguish the instruments between them and understand their pedigrees. The Museum is free, check opening hours before you get there.
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  • Nice and interesting Museum. 3 rooms dedicated to the aerophones and idiophones strings. Some songs to listen to each window. If you are in the neighborhood a little detour that's worth.
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  • Modest tucked away in a corner of Monastiriki can be found an old Villa, where a wide range of instruments are exhibited, but are also fortunately listen through headphones. Many instruments are really home-specific with story and photos.
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