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National History Museum (Old Parliament), Athens

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The National Historical Museum, founded in 1882, is the oldest of its kind in Greece. It is located in the Old Parliament House at Stadiou Street in Athens, which housed the Hellenic Parliament between 1875 and 1932.
The museum houses the collection of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, founded in 1882. It is the oldest collection of its kind in Greece, and prior to its transfer to the Old Parliament, was housed in the main building of the National Technical University.
The collection contains historical items concerning the period from the capture of Constantinopolis by the Ottomans in 1453 to the Second World War, emphasizing especially the period of the Greek Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the modern Greek state. Among the items displayed are weapons, personal belongings and memorabilia from historical personalities, historical paintings by Greek and foreign artists, manuscripts, as well as a large collection of traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece. The collection is displayed in the corridors and rooms of the building, while the great central hall of the National Assembly is used for conferences.
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  • Set in a nice building that was the old parliament, there is information about the history of modern greece- mainly about the war of independence in the 1830s that was interesting. 
    Set in a nice building that was the old parliament, there is information about the history of modern greece- mainly about the war of independence in the 1830s that was interesting.  more »
  • Located in the old parliament building. This museum can be a good beginning of discovering cultural Athens. Start left side of entrance reception and make a round along the ground floor. Continue.....  more
    Located in the old parliament building. This museum can be a good beginning of discovering cultural Athens. Start left side of entrance reception and make a round along the ground floor. Continue.....  more »
  • Really interesting museum in the heart of Athens. I found the exhibition on the Greek War of Independence fascinating. Includes the old Parliament chamber that has seen significant moments in Greek... 
    Really interesting museum in the heart of Athens. I found the exhibition on the Greek War of Independence fascinating. Includes the old Parliament chamber that has seen significant moments in Greek...  more »
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  • This Museum is housed in the former Hellenic Parliament building, which is impressive in itself. It covers Greek history from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods through to the Second World War, with the emphasis being on events leading up to, and following, Greek independence in 1821. Good value at EUR 3 and EUR 1.50 if over 65.
  • This beautiful museum, which previously housed the Greek parliament represents a pivotal period in Greece's history and fight for freedom culminating with the revolution in 1821 against Ottoman rule. Moving beyond belief for its unique collection of armaments and personal artefacts that belonged to the men and women that believed so in the value of Greece both as an idea and a physical place, to sacrifice everything. Stunning artefacts, rich story telling. Not a glorification of war, more a celebration of belief in something better.
  • Really interesting museum in the heart of Athens. I found the exhibition on the Greek War of Independence fascinating. Includes the old Parliament chamber that has seen significant moments in Greek history.
  • For just 3€ you can deep dive into Greek history. Wonderful.
  • Small, contained museum focused on the Greek Revolution. You can see weapons used, attire, learn about Greek leaders and foreigners who fought and supported the revolution. There are exhibits with insight into some parts of Greek life at the time. I almost wish we had started on the 2nd floor where more information was translated to English. I hope more of the first floor exhibit descriptions will be translated in the future. (There are some good translations on the first floor, but I would have liked to have read more.)

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