Hellenic Maritime Museum, Piraeus

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The first attempt to establish the Hellenic Maritime Museum was in the newly established Greek state in 1867. That year the master of the Navy Gerasimos Zochios, founder of the Navy Retirement Fund, suggested that the Fund takes the task of collecting and conserving objects related to the Greek maritime history. For reasons relating to serious historical adventures of the time the idea was not positively received at the time. However, the idea was to be implemented as a private initiative, 82 years later. On April 7, 1949 a group of distinguished citizens of Piraeus together with officers of the Navy and Merchant Marine, sharing a love for the sea and ships, gathered in the office of the then Minister Gerasimos Vassiliadis and signed the memorandum of association under the name "Maritime Museum Society and collection of national relics at sea." It was the birth of the Maritime Museum and the first presidency was took by the shipowner George Stringos.The museum is located at Freatida, near Zea Harbour, in Piraeus and in its halls are exhibited more than 2,500 objects sorted chronologically and thematically, evoking the maritime history and tradition from prehistoric times to the present day. Its Naval Library is also open to the public during the days and hours of operation and consists of more than 17,000 volumes of books and magazines focusing on the naval history, science and art. In its exterior space sculptures and important outdoor exhibits are located such as the conning tower of the historic submarine "Papanikolis' and anchors of the ships of the time of the Battle of Navarino.The museum exhibits approximately 2500 items related to the maritime history of Greece from prehistoric times to the present day and include many ship models and a number of paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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  • The Museum is very interesting not only for sailors, but also for lovers of shipping and the maritime history. In the small museum in Yacht Harbour of Piraeus the history is presented Greek maritime from antiquity until today besides ancient amphorae, anchors and hydrographic maps, are also many interesting ship models and paintings of Greek artists from the 19th century. Admission, is €4 per person more than in order, the opening times but between 9 and 14: 00 are scarce.
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  • Mostly devoted to ancient times, the museum offers also a good collection of IWW/IIWW stuff, including weaponry and even a part of real submarine!  more »
  • As far as museums go, this could be better. Only €4 per person, but the layout and exhibits are only so-and-so. The young person at the reception wasn't able to answer my queries and referred me to of...  more »

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