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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  • May 31, 2017
    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 »
  • May 10, 2017
    Unique architecture building at beginnings of plaque that like go inside the diaktinizesai in other seasons ... One of a kind, not just not reminiscent of Museum, but looks like a visitor to sergianizei whole Greece through traditional sounds and sounds ... Valuable help in this are the headphones out from every storefront that exhibits musical instruments and reproduce their sounds. All music delivery and development of folk music unfolds in three floors of the Museum in a unique way (from animal bells as the bells and from Woodwinds as the institutions of Asia, kanonakia etc.). Top all the lyre Xylouri, the guitar of Danae and other great artists! One of the most friendly museums in all age groups with a gorgeous garden, eywdiazei on the outside of the part.
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  • May 10, 2017
    Located next to the Tower of the winds, this small museum houses interesting findings etnomusicologici of Greek culture and the Balkans. By percussion and wind instruments consisting of animal materials (skin, bone) to the more modern Bozouki and Polish/Santouri. The entrance to the property is complimentary and there are headphones ahead of many exhibition showcases to hear the sound of the instruments on display. Rating 4/5 because of these headphones, some were broken, so it was not possible to listen to all samples. It is still recommended to visit to all lovers of music and anthropology.
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • May 13, 2017
    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
  • January 13, 2017
    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!
  • November 26, 2016
    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
  • April 1, 2016
    Cute little museum with instruments and melodies from all over Greece. Free admission.

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