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Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments

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Address: Odos Dioyenous 1-3, Athens 999-20, Greece
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If you are at all interested in Greek music, pay a visit. Very nice collection of instruments with explanations, in a former private house. Smallish but feels comprehensive, and... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

If you are at all interested in Greek music, pay a visit. Very nice collection of instruments with explanations, in a former private house. Smallish but feels comprehensive, and admission is free. Enjoyed the visit.

Thank yanem
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

The Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments is not quite hidden in a modest house near the Temple of the Winds in Monasteraki. It isn't a large museum but every item is well chosen. All the main types of instruments are well covered and there are a few surprises, especially in the 'ideophone' section (bells and the like) in the... More 

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

This museum is a real gem. We couldn't believe that the entrance was free! Beautifully presented. You can listen to samples from different instruments, watch videos and see some of the most beautifully crafted instruments you ever encounter. Don't miss it!

Thank Michatte
Central Greece, Greece
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

music lover must go to see....because of Historical importance. I live this place...is traditional one.

Thank IndianHaveliAthens
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for setting up this museum which is housed in a beautiful 2 storey building in Diogenous St in Athens - free entry and with over 1200 musical instruments - a collection amassed over a 80 yr period by musician - Fivos Anogenakis. Exhibits very well displayed in glass cabinets with description, origin and history.... More 

Thank 135Eleni
Tel Aviv District, Israel
1 review
Reviewed 23 September 2015

Very unique and interesting museum. Tells the story of the development of the Greek popular musical instruments: by objects, by text and by music tracks. I've spend there over 2.5 hours, looking at the exhibits and listening to the wonderful music demonstrating each tool. Highly recommended!

Thank maya_gz
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

I really enjoyed this museum. Not huge, but certainly enough for half an hour or so. It didn't cost anything either, which is always a bonus!

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Malden, Missouri
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is a small museum that is a little hard to find but worth looking for. It is on 3 levels with a basement and upstairs. Each floor features different Greek musical instruments and they are enclosed in glass cases with headphones so that you can listen to the sound of the instrument being played. It is also air conditioned... More 

Thank maldenmusic
Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

A travel through history of musical instruments, a small but very well organised place where one can see the development of musical instruments through time. You can see the instruments and use the headphones to listen to each instrument's music as well.

Thank AnnaVasDar
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 21 February 2015

This is a tiny museum, located just next to the Tower of the winds in the Roman Agora. The museum is accessed through a green door that leads to a yard. The entrance is to the left. The two-story museum has only a couple of rooms, and it features a lovely collection of musical instruments - some local, and some... More 

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Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
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