Athens City Museum [Museum Profile]

Where: Athens (5 Ioannou Paparrigopoulou St, Klauthmōnos Square)

In a few words:
The Museum of the City of Athens showcases artifacts from Athens’ modern history — such as King Otto’s original throne room — from the time the city became modern Greece’s capital in 1834 until the present.
 

 

Why:
The museum houses King Otto’s original throne room — the Bavarian prince who became the first king of modern Greece in 1832. The collections also include a series of typical late-19th century – early-20th century sitting and living rooms belonging to the Athenian aristocracy, showcasing different aspects of the city’s bourgeoisie.

 

 

What you will see:
Located in a neoclassic building of 1833, the site was formerly used as the temporary palace of King Otto from 1836-1842; Otto was a Bavarian prince who became the first king of modern Greece in 1832. Imposed upon Greece by the three Great Powers, in order to have their newly-found independent state recognised, Otto and his Bavarian court proved unpopular and he reigned until he was deposed in 1862.
Besides the king’s original throne room, the museum includes paintings and engravings, which are connected to the history of Greece’s capital city (spanning from the 18th- 20th centuries). King Otto’s personal furniture is also exhibited here.

The Museum also holds a library which houses a collection of 40,000 items, ranging from antiquity to the 21st century. Specifically:
  1. Ancient Items
  2. Books and Musical Texts
  3. Byzantine, post-Byzantine and ecclesiastical items
  4. Sculptures
  5. Stamps
  6. Documents and Manuscripts
  7. Glass, Porcelain and Ceramics
  8. Recorded Media
  9. Metallurgical Items
  10. Small Items, Memorabilia and Relics
  11. Musical Instruments
  12. Coins
  13. Woodcraft and Furniture
  14. Paintings and Engravings
  15. Utensils
  16. Fabrics, Embroidery, Apparel and Tapestry
  17. Photographs and Photographic records

 

 

Opening hours:
Monday: 9am – 4pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 9am – 4pm
Thursday: 9am – 4pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

The Museum remains closed every Tuesday and on January 1 (New Years Day), Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and December 26 (Boxing Day).

Ticket prices (2017):

Full admission:
€5

Reduced admission: €3
1. Pupils
2. Students
3. Senior citizens
4. Groups over four persons

Free admission:
Visitors with disabilities

Official website:
athenscitymuseum.gr

 

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