Athens and the Beauty of its Museums

Athens and the Beauty of its Museums

If you have already visited the must see monuments such as the famous #Acropolis of #Athens, then you could emerge yourself in the one of a kind #museums that you could find around this ancient city. Depending on you interests you can examine instruments, Greek #gastronomy or even an entire museum dedicated to kinds' #art. Whatever you choose, you won't be left disappointed.


When I am asked to describe Greece, what comes to mind first is the sound of Folklore Greek music, the smell of homemade food whenever I walk around a neighborhood as well as the flavor of this food which has an olive oil base. Greece's natural environment in which the colors blue and white prevail-mostly on the islands is something else that comes to mind. Not to mention its bubbling vividness present in every aspect of life in this country.

It is not only interesting to describe it to people but also for them to have the opportunity to discover all the above for themselves. A good way to do so is by visiting its museums and at the same time to be a part of this culture. How? Let's see.

The Museum of Gastronomy

The museum of gastronomy opened in 2013 in the historical center of Athens, in Psiri.

It was established in a neoclassical building of the 19th century. My first impression as a visitor was its elegant and meticulous interior design. Its quite a new museum created by a small group of young people from different backgrounds who shared a common wish; To present a fusion of Greek traditional and modern cuisine. They hold many exhibitions all year round that change from time to time focusing on cuisines from various areas in Greece.

The entrance of the Museum of Gastronomy
The entrance of the Museum of Gastronomy

It is worth mentioning that each place in Greece, from villages to islands have their own local cuisine, their own specialty, so anyone who visits this place may find an exhibition of monastery food and diet, to a cuisine from the northern villages of the country, to modern attempts and experimentation, all using local products.

Some of things that were exhibited 
Some of things that were exhibited 

However, this is only the introductory part. If someone wants to participate, he or she can cook food by himself, as part of the museum's workshops. There is a cooking lesson where you can get the idea of a Greek traditional homemade dish. You start by going to the central market where everything from meat to fish and vegetables to fruits are fresh,'tis imeras, meaning of the day, as people here are used to saying. Whatever is fresh on that specific day you buy it and cook it in the museum's restaurant. Then eating it is accompanied with flavors of wine of rare quality.

Its restaurant being so nice and cozy adds to the museum's atmosphere.

The cozy restaurant at the museum 
The cozy restaurant at the museum 

The Museum of Musical Instruments

A man named Fivos Anogianakis musician and collector, loved traditional music so much that he devoted his life to it. He mainly studied Greek traditional musical instruments and new 'entehni' music, a more intellectual form of this art. In 1978 he donated his collection of more than 1000 musical instruments, some of those from the 18th century, to the public sector. Under his supervision the museum of musical instruments was founded in Plaka and included a part of this collection: Flutes, gaintes, tamburs, guitars, santouris, toubelekis, to name but a few. Familiar sounds of the Mediterranean and Eastern culture's also prevailed. The visitor has the chance to listen to a variety of sounds. Sounds from the Greek islands, from mountainous areas, from valleys. In addition, there is an interesting library with books, articles and videos on traditional music.

From the taste and sound we can move on to creativity. Many people travel with their families and they usually want their trip to be both entertainment and of educational value for their children.

Children's art Museum

'Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after we grow up' said Pablo Picasso.

Children's art museum is a museum from children for children and for adults as well. One of the few museums globally where all drawings are creations of children from the age four to forteen. It has about 8000 drawings and 3D artworks. It was founded in 1998 in Plaka, with a purpose of developing creativity through the arts.

Children's art 
Children's art 

Their topics have a wide range. The current exhibition, for example, has the title: 'Alone or unique?' diversity and racism. This exhibition covers two areas and takes place in two different rooms. The one is lit has drawings of the children that describe 'difference' and 'equality' in a gorgeous way. Next to it is a dark room. You have to enter the room using a torch. When I went there was a group of children and a teacher. They were having a course.

As I was wondering what was going on and why the room was dark, children gave the answer. The dark room symbolized not accepting difference. All projects provide opportunities for creativity and inspiration for both kids and adults. On the next floor there is another current exhibition “The right to be a child”. This is also another interactive activity. There are workshops for families with children.

Living the museums I had the feeling that even I have learnt something new and have experienced something rare. What comprises “new” is the actual participation in all the above, and it is that which makes it so exciting. All the above museums worth mentioning, as well as many other interesting things to see and visit, are located in the historical area of Athens. So,in case you visit the city, it would be a good idea to find accommodation close to it and enjoy the combination of history,culture and contemporary Athens.There are numerous good accommodation options, such as the Nice and comfortable Electra Hotel in Plaka, or Athens Gate Hotel which is close to the Acropolis.

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Electra Hotel

 5 Ermou Street, Athens, Greece
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