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“A secret garden”

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Ranked #86 of 325 things to do in Athens
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Owner description: The ILJM is the only jewelry museum in Greece. It is a nonprofit cultural organization certified by the Greek Ministries of Finance and of Culture since 1993. The ILJMuseum is not government funded. The Museum strives to act as an international center for the continuation of traditional crafts especially the ancient art of silver and goldsmithery. In its twenty years of operation over 50 temporary exhibitions have been organized in Greece and abroad. 1200 specialized educational programs have reached over 90.000 children and 20.000 adults. Its future agenda includes introducing new initiatives on education of art and cultural education through fun and inspirational activities for both children and adults. Collaboration with international Museums, organizations and Educational institutions is needed more than ever to bring Greece in the front page of the international Cultural agenda.
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Always learning. A charming and very special corner of a rarified craft. Ilias lalaounis heritage is a Unique homage to an ancient art. Great place to escape to another world where beauty and antiquity are venerated.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum (right near the Acropolis Museum). If you like jewelry and design in general - you'll enjoy this 3-floor museum with its old and modern exhibits. Tip: if you plan to go to both of these museum you get a discounted entrance ticket.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

I found this museum while out walking and made sure I found time to visit. I am so glad I did. It was really interesting. Lalaounis made jewelry for many movie productions; copying ancient jewels for movies such as Helen of Troy. Many famous people were his customers. His jewelry was also on many Vogue and other fashion magazine covers over the years. I found this a very interesting place to visit. There is a nice gift shop on the mani floor. You can purchase jewelry there or there is a jewelry store in downtown Athens as well. I bought a bracelet with a Delphi charm. All of his jewelry designs represent ancient Greek symbols.I recommend this museum to visit while in Athens. It is near the acropolis.

Thank Goldie50
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

The collection is almost exclusively the work of Ilias Lalaounis and covers two floors of the building where his original workshop was. The top floor is something of a retrospective of Lalaounis’ work, and the bottom floor is divided by collection. Lovers/scholars of ancient jewelry will be especially interested in the collection, as he has some really interesting work that is inspired by ancient Greek jewelry.
The museum is located near to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum (about a 2min walk). It’s not a must-see, but if you are in the area and need air-conditioning break it’ll do the trick. Tickets are cheap (5 euros), there are not a lot of crowds, and the exhibit is small so probably won’t take more than an hour. There is also a gift shop, which is a bit more expensive but does have a few cheaper things. The bathrooms are also clean, and there may be a small outdoor cafe that looked rather nice.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Amazing for a free 2 hour visit. The exhibits were mind-blowingly beautiful and the level of skill involved in creating this level of jewelry is incredible.
There were people on hand giving demonstrations of different materials and different methods and they were genuinely passionate about their craft.
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