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War Museum of Athens

Rizari 2 | near Syntagma Square, Athens 106 75, Greece
+30 210-7252974-5-6
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In 1964, the Hellenic State decided to found the War Museum, wishing to honor all those who fought for our country and its freedom.The design of the museum was undertaken by a team of distinguished scientists, headed by Professor Thoukidides Valentis of the National Technical university of Athens (N.T.U.A).On July 18, 1975, the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Constantine Tsatsos and the Minister of National Defense Evangelos Averof-Tositsas inaugurated the Museum.Its various activities include the publication of books, the establishment and maintenance of monuments and memorials and the aid to services and agencies all over Greece.The Museum’s exhibition areas are distributed over four levels (floors) and present images of Greek history from antiquity to the present.
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Rizari 2 | near Syntagma Square, Athens 106 75, Greece
+30 210-7252974-5-6
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't realise it was here and just happened to walk along the road it was on. Well for a war historian like myself was fantastic,with a great collection of WW II stuff and also going back in time

Thank hdwurzel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum tells the story of the Greek Military, starting with their fight against the Persians, stretching through to WW2, right up to the present day. The exhibits are in great condition and chronologically laid out. A let down for me was the display and...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This museum was a welcome break to all the traditional tourist attractions. My husband had free admission because he was an EU student (you get in free to most museums in all the EU with you student ID or half-off for outside the EU so...More

Thank BriMN2017
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Been to a bunch of military museums in Europe and Asia. It's usually interesting to see how a country presents itself and it's history - for example do they talk about the civil war they had, or how do they present their Asian military conquests....More

1  Thank poodledoop
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

This is a prime example of how not to run a museum. It suffers from the view that you should cram in as much as possible and let the visitor work hard to make sense of it all. It is absolutely essential to have a...More

Thank Hippocleides
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Definitely recommend this museum. Could spend hours here. If you have military ID, Police ID or any governmental ID you get free access to the museum.

Thank Matthew970
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The item in this museum is mainly the war history of Athens and who have invaded who etc. It contains a great collection of war artifacts from all different kinda countries from different time periods. Worth seeing. It made an impact on us, because of...More

Thank Jens H
Reviewed 12 September 2017

I have been to war museums all over the world and this is a pretty good one. Of course it's state run so it comes with the usual caveat that you are getting the official government approved story. So many tourists only care about Classical...More

1  Thank RLewis_12
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We had seen the outside display of aircraft when passing on the bus. Went to explore further and found a museum that explained Greek history in an interesting way. The displays were very artistically done, well worth seeing. There was a vast amount of information...More

Thank Cynth M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We came to this place just to ask for directions to Aristotle's Lyceum. But , after meeting the excited polite and charming man at the museum desk( who I think is a serving military member) we decided to go round the museum. The prices are...More

Thank Axbridgemum
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Alex C
30 March 2016|
Response from Quack123 |
If you're fluent in Greek and can read all of the displays then you could probably spend half a day in here. Otherwise you're likely to have enough of it after about two hours.
28 June 2015|
Response from fatbear2000 |
The War Museum is open 09.00 - 15.00 on Sundays