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Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

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Address: Diogenous 1-3 | Plaka, Athens 105 56, Greece
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+30 21 0325 4119
19:00 - 15:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments / Plaka / Athens

This Museum displays 1.200 folk musical instruments of the Anogeiannakis collection; you find this Museum at Aerides Square, in an ancient mansion; you see traditional musical... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

I came across this little museum whilst wandering around the Plaka. For such a small museum - one can probably see it all in about half an hour - it contains a fascinating variety of instruments, some that one is unlikely to have seen anywhere else. Entry is free and the items are well displayed with good descriptions, including some... More 

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

This Museum displays 1.200 folk musical instruments of the Anogeiannakis collection; you find this Museum at Aerides Square, in an ancient mansion; you see traditional musical instruments of all sorts, and you can hear excerpts of songs played on the exhibited instruments; there is also a shop, and you can buy CD's, you find books and copies of the musical... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise in Athens. Only took about 30 minutes to see the exhibits. Interesting displays of Greek stringed instruments and more.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in authentic folk music , this little museum is great. The instruments are well organised , the explanations in Greek and English , giving good historical notes about their introduction into Greece. There are also a number of audio ports ( again with Greek and English introductions ) with the instruments being played. In addition several... More 

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Alva, Clackmannanshire
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

This museum is free. The exhibits are well arranged with helpful audio support. The exhibition offers a wondeul tour through the evolution of Greek mainland and island musical instruments. The overall message is that Greek people can discover musical sounds from anything. Definitely worthwhile.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

I always take time to go there whenever I'm in Athens. The exhibits are arranged by instrument families and groups, with full explanations and in many cases historical photos. On a couple of occasions there were outstanding concerts in the courtyard area. In the Museum shop there are lots of CDs for sale, and the gentleman who runs it is... More 

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Reviewed 20 June 2016

This small museum has an excellent collection of Greek instruments. they are well displayed and the best part is that near each exhibit are earphones that allow the viewer to listen to examples of the music played by the instrument. We were treated to a performance of Hurdy Gurdy while we were visiting. This group is excellent and deserves more... More 

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Reviewed 4 June 2016

The museum is difficult to find -- several of the standard Athens maps have it in the wrong place. 1-3 Diogenous Str. is the correct address. There are four rooms: two on the main floor (wind instruments and drums), one in the basement (bells and noisemakers), and one on the upper floor (stringed instruments). There are interesting videos in each... More 

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Reviewed 7 April 2016

We had a little trouble finding this place but it was very interesting. I am a music teacher and loved seeing all the instruments and hearing what they sound like. Museum is free and very well organized. We visited the museum store and bought several CDs. This was our 2nd visit.

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Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

I've visited Athens maybe four or five times over the years when I had to fly indirect to South Africa sometimes on Olympic Airways. So I always had a two or a three day layover in Athens which was the cheaper option than flying directly to South Africa; but it also gave me the chance to get to know Athens... More 

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Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
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