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National History Museum (Old Parliament), Athens

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The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic university.HistoryThe first national archaeological museum in Greece was established by prime minister of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias in Aigina in 1829. Subsequently the archaeological collection was relocated to a number of exhibition places until 1858, when an international architectural competition was announced for the location and the architectural design of the new museum.The current location was proposed and the construction of the museum's building began in 1866 and was completed in 1889 using funds from the Greek Government, the Greek Archaeological Society and the society of Mycenae. Major benefactors were Eleni Tositsa who donated the land for the building of the museum, and Demetrios and Nikolaos Vernardakis from Saint Petersburg who donated a large amount for the completion of the museum.
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  • Very interesting Museum, needed the visit. Cheap dugout, many exhibits with great historical significance as well as detailed perigrafes both in Greek and in English!
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  • This mainly covers the period 1400 to 1800.. It has a wonderful collection of period rifles.. pistols and swords. Plus its free.. Don't walk past take a look..  more »
  • We spent most of our time in Greece in museums and sites which were dedicated to Ancient Greece. It was good to be able to learn about recent Greek history and the formation of the modern Greek govern...  more »
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  • Unlike the National Archeological Museum, the National Historical Museum does not attract too many visitors. When I was there, most were schoolchildren on their field trips. I am interested in politics and history, so this place appeals to me. It covers the Greek history from 1453 when Constantinople fell to Ottomans, to the end of WWII, and many precious and interesting objects are on display. What makes it more special is that it is housed in the old parliament at the center of the city. It seems that curators themselves do not take the place very seriously, since tourists can sit in parliamentary seats. The museum is small and easy to tour, and it charges a symbolic fee.
  • Worth a visit if you are interested in modern Greece history. Modern means from 1500 until 1950. The building was once a Greek Parliament. Not crowded.
  • Excellent for families with children. Very easy to get there
  • Historic place!
  • It is for the later history of the Greeks, from the fall of Constantinople until the second world war and advocates spiritual and social evolution, the Greeks, from the period of Ottoman domination until today
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