Myathenian Top 15 + 1 Museum List (Part II) – City Pin 6
Let me continue with myathenian Top 15 + 1 Museum List. On my previous post we discovered my best top 5 Athenian museums, so lets go on with the next 5 ones.
The War Museum was established by the Hellenic State in 1964 in order to honor all those who fought for the country’s freedom. The Museum’s exhibition areas are distributed over four levels (floors) and present images of Greek history from antiquity to the present.
Tip: Discover the free 360 degree Virtual Tour of the Museum.
Plato Academy museum
The Academy was founded by Plato in ca. 387 BC in Athens. Aristotle studied there for twenty years (367–347 BC) before founding his own school. The Academy persisted throughout the Hellenistic period as a skeptical school, until coming to an end in 83 BC. Although philosophers continued to teach Plato’s philosophy in Athens throughout the Roman era, it was not until 410 AD that a revived Academy was established as a center for Neoplatonism, persisting until 529 AD.
Tip: Walk around the archaeological area of the Academy and try to imagine the figures of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and many others philoshopers of ancient times.
The Museum Herakleidon has been bringing art, education, and culture to the general public since 2004. It aspires to help prepare young people, both intellectually and emotionally, to face the growing demands of our world, both today and tomorrow.
Tip: If you choose to visit the museum with little fellows check out the educational programs for students, teachers and adults that are provided.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. Permanent home of the Museum is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in February 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.T he new building disposes two and more of its floors, for the presentation of its permanent collection, while it also has spaces for temporary exhibitions, conferences, events, educational programs for children and adults, a library, a project room, a media lounge etc.
Tip: Enjoy the great view from the roof top cafe – restaurant!
Kerameikos Archaeological Museum – Museum of Ancient Agora
The museum of Kerameikos was built in 1937 and was enlarged in the 1960’s. Τhe exhibits are displayed in chronological order, but also according to their subjects and their provenance.
The museum of the Ancient Agora is housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, originally erected during the 2nd cent. BC as a gift of the king of Pergamon, Attalos II, to Athens. The exhibition in the Museum gallery holds archaeological finds coming from the systematic excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in the area and dated from the Neolithic to the Post-byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Tip: The Ancient Agora of Athens is a flat area defined by the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis and the hill of Areopagus in the south and the hill of Kolonos Agoraios in the west. It is traversed by one of the most important ancient roads, the Panathenaic Way. Dedicate some time to walk through this ancient road, choose one of the lovely sunny athenian days for your walk.
EXTRA TIP: Dont forget to check out the free entrance days for all visitors!!!
To be continued…