In a unique historic Art Nouveau building at the very heart of Athens, 200m from Syntagma Square you may visit two special museums. The building which once belonged to the family of Queen Aspasia Manou, wife of Alexander I, now hosts the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Games.
In a total area of 700 square meters, you will have the opportunity to get to know a relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek culture through the permanent exhibition “Ancient Greece – The Origins of Technologies” which includes approximately 100 selected exhibits, from the robot-servant and the “cinema” of Philon to the automatic theater of Heron, and from the Hydraulic Clock of Ktesibios to the Antikythera Mechanism.
At the same time, the same building houses the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Games with 42 fully functional, reassembled musical instruments, such as the helicon and the sixth string of Pythagoras, the lyre of Hermes, the guitar of Apollo, the Homeric phorminx, the harp of Sappho, the Ptolemaic helicon, the Pan flute, the hydraulis of Ktesibios and others.
Arrange and customize your visit to the Kotsanas Museum selecting from the MAMAKITA proposed educational programs for families and kids “Telecommunication and Cryptography”, “Calculating mechanisms in Antiquity” and “Ancient Greek Strategy Games“. Fill in the “request availability” form and a travel consultant will come back to you with further details.
LOCATION: Pindarou 6 & Akadimias, Kolonaki, Athens 10671
DAYS / HOURS:
WINTER TIME: Weekdays & Weekends 09:00-17:00
SUMMER TIME (June-July-August): 09:00-20:00
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR: 10 € (interactive tour duration 1 hour –minimum of participants: 2 persons)
GENERAL ADMISSION: 5 €
FREE ENTRY: * School monitors & organized groups, children up to 11 years old (accompanied by adults), ICOM members, people with special needs, military personnel, tour guides, journalists
* Proof of ID required