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War Museum, Athens

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The Athens War Museum, established on July 18, 1975, is the museum of the Greek Armed Forces. Its purpose is the exhibition of weapon artifacts and the relevant research in the history of war. It covers the history of war in all ages. The museums' collections include the collection of the Greek Army, with artifacts from other civilizations such as Ancient China and Ancient Japan.In 1964, the Hellenic State decided to found the War Museum, wishing to honor all those who fought for Greece 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 . On July 18, 1975, the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Constantine Tsatsos and the Minister of National Defense Evangelos Averoff-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 and present images of Greek history from antiquity to the present.The museum's centerpieces are weaponry from wars in which Greece was involved.
The War Museum has established Museum Branches at the cities of Nauplion , Chania , Tripoli and Thessaloniki . After building the Hellenic Air Force Museum, some airplanes were brought to this museum.
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  • The museum displays a good number of military objects that have been related to the history of Greece, but are documented quite poorly. The part of the museum relating to Greece's most recent history is better documented but sins in excess of nationalist fervor, exaggerating and mitifying Greek military actions.
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  • The whole history of Greece was gathered in this gem of Athens. I was impressed with all the exhibits.
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  • Enjoyed this visit very much. We enjoy history and art, and found this a very interesting place. Inexpensive at Euros 6 each. Start on the top floor, and work your way down. Contrary to other reviewers, nobody treated us like we were going to steal anything. We took lots of pictures (no flash) and enjoyed a frappe and a friendly exchange at the simple cafe in the basement. My husband particularly enjoyed the video presentations and the overview of the heroic struggles of the Greek people guarding their ground at the Eastern edge of Europe. Individual stories made the exhibits come alive. Many of the sculptures and reproduction weapons were beautiful/fascinating. We could have watched a couple more videos if they had been available.
  • Great museum for learning about the earliest conflicts of Greece to those in the recent past. It’s worth stopping along the way to watch several of the short movies to give insight to those not familiar with Greece’s fascinating history.
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