War Museum [Museum Profile]

Where: Athens (Vasilissis Sofias St & 2 Rizari St)

In a few words:
The War Museum of Greece exhibits the history of war in the southern Balkan peninsula, its collection including weapons from the Stone Age to Classic Antiquity and from the Eastern Roman Empire era up to the Second World War.
 

 

Why:
The War Museum of Greece exhibits weapons from the Stone Age to Classic Antiquity and from the Eastern Roman Empire era up to the Second World War. The exhibits also include actual deployed military airplanes, old military maps, flags, and uniforms, as well as miniatures of military ships and airplanes covering the region’s history.

 

 

What you will see:
The museum’s exhibition areas are distributed over four levels comprising of the museum’s collection and archives.
The collection includes weapons from many countries, besides Greece (ex. Japanese Samurai suits and swords, Indian edged weapons etc) and the below military artifacts from the region’s antiquity until Greece’s War of Independence and from the Crimean War until the Second World War and the country’s war against Fascist Italy and its resistance against Nazi German occupation:

  • Armature
  • Ammunition
  • Edged weapons
  • Medals and awards
  • Flags
  • Harnesses
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Uniforms

The museum’s archives are divided as below:

  • The photographic archive, which includes 20,000 historic photographs dating from 1897 until 1959
  • The historic archive, which comprises personal mail and diaries of officers and soldiers, newspapers, magazines, post cards and personal files
  • The film archive, which includes films in which several historical events have been recorded
  • The collection of maps and engravings

 

 

 

Opening hours:
Winter (November – March)
Monday-Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Summer (April – October)
Monday-Sunday: 9am – 7pm

The Museum remains closed on Good Friday, Good Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, May 1, December 25 (Christmas Day) and December 26 (Boxing Day), December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

 

Ticket prices (2017):
Full admission:
€4

Reduced admission: €2
Individuals entitled to a reduced ticket fee:

  • Non-EU college and university students by presenting their student ID
  • Senior Greek and EU Citizens (over the age of 65) by presenting their ID card or passport
  • Parents escorting students on primary school tours
  • Non-EU individuals of 18 years old and under

Free admission:
Free entrance is permitted on the following dates:

  • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month from November 1st to March 31st
  • March 25th
  • October 28th
  • November 21st
  • May 18th

Free entrance is also permitted to the following individuals:

  • EU citizens/individuals of 18 years old and under by presenting their ID/passport
  • University students studying in countries/members of the EU and their group escorts
  • Escort teachers and students during school and institution tours
  • Journalists by presenting their press card
  • Individuals with special needs (e.g. disabled, blind) and their escorts

Official website:
warmuseum.gr

 

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