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National History Museum (Old Parliament)

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Address: 13 Stadiou, Athens 105 61, Greece
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A hidden gem in the heart of Athens

This relatively small museum can almost be overlooked if you don't know its address; and that would be a shame, because it houses some really interesting exhibits - not from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Piraeus Region, Greece
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Piraeus Region, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This relatively small museum can almost be overlooked if you don't know its address; and that would be a shame, because it houses some really interesting exhibits - not from the ancient days, but from the Byzantine era and most of all more recent Greek history. Household items, clothing, guns - lots of interesting things that are worth a look.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Last day, last museum. The interior of the old parliament looked interesting but couldn't get in there as they were filming. Lots of the usual museum stuff but I have to say their collection of ship figureheads were great, best thing in the museum.

Thank Chris M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was less attractive than expected. Well located in Athens center but old, not well maintained and with quite poor planning of the exhibition. Needs an urgent face lift!!

Thank avir666
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This mainly covers the period 1400 to 1800.. It has a wonderful collection of period rifles.. pistols and swords. Plus its free.. Don't walk past take a look..

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We spent most of our time in Greece in museums and sites which were dedicated to Ancient Greece. It was good to be able to learn about recent Greek history and the formation of the modern Greek government. The museum (in the old parliament building with the old chambers renovated) tells the story well with lots of artefacts and images... More 

Thank LuckyTravelerRonaldo
Oxnard, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a nice museum if you want to know who was who in the Greek Independence war of 1821, because it displays portraits of all the leaders that helped, led and supported the revolutionary war. Suitable for kids who have knowledge of the Greek war of 1821 and for those schooled in that particular period of Greek History

Thank Pheneos
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed this and has the history of all Greece and islands , not the Ancient Greece but from 12 century onwards . How turbulent they have fought to keep their lands etc , can spend good 2 hrs well worth a look and only €3 entry

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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you are interested in the history of Greece since ancient times but with special focus on the last centuries of the millenium, this museum is a place you should not miss. Located in the centre of Athens, it is also a historical building itself as it was the first parliament of Greece. The staff is polite and the exhibits... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

the best part of the museum for me is being able to be in the parliament hall which has such historical significance in this country. you can compare the hall with drawings in the past and you can see that not much has changed. it gave me a surreal feeling. entrance fee is just 3 EUR, which is another plus... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This museum had many items found from ship wrecks in the Mediterranean well as archaeological sites in Greece. Contains Roman, Egyptian and mainly Greek artifacts. Nice way to spend the day with children then stroll over to the cafe directly opposite the building across the street for a lunch.

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Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
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