The Athens National Historical Museum is in the former Greek Parliament
building and houses an archive of historical artefacts and documents.
Athens National Historical Museum
Photo by Reinhard Dietrich
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The Athens National Historical Museum (or Istorikó Mouseío in
Greek) is an archive of historical documents and artefacts displayed in the
former Greek Parliament building. This was built in 1858 and was home to the
Parliament until 1934. Indeed, one of the chief attractions is the chance to
see the grand Debating Hall of the Old Parliament, which is very impressive.
The museum is likely to be mainly of interest to historians,
and admirers of Lord Byron will find a room containing some of his
belongings, such as his sword, desk, trunk, pistol, and helmet. The rooms tell
the story of modern Greek history, from about the 14th century until shortly
The museum also has an archive of wonderful old photos, so
if there’s a photographic exhibition on there when you’re in Athens it’s well
worth going along.
Photo from the Archives of the Athens National Historical Museum
There’s a large collection of weaponry, and tributes to the
freedom fighters who helped Greece gain its independence. As expected, it is
very Greek-centred, with numerous paintings of Greek worthies. Unfortunately,
only summarised information is available in anything other than Greek.
Visiting the Athens National Historical Museum
The Athens National
Historical Museum is at Stadiou 13, less than a 5-minute walk from Syntagma
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