Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, Athens

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Explore the history of music at Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, where you'll find over 1,200 Greek musical instruments on display. The collection spans over 300 years of musical history, and includes lyres, flogheras, defia, gaides, koudouia, laghouta, bouzoukia, souravlie, and many more pieces. Located in an Athenian mansion built in 1842, the museum is laid out over three floors, with instruments grouped into four sections. Explanatory labels in English accompany the displays, and the available earphones let you hear how each instrument sounds. Arrange your visit to Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and discover more family-friendly attractions in Athens using our Athens online driving holiday planner.
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  • Housed in an elegant mansion from the 1840s the fabulous varieties of making music reflect the enduring love of Greek music. Its foundation was a 1978 donation of over 1000 folk instruments by...  more »
  • It's in a corner opposite the tower of the winds. We were welcomed at the entrance and informed it was free to go in and look around. As its name suggests, there's lots of musical instruments to see....  more »
  • This very small museum is free, and great. Three floors of traditional Greek instruments, with information in Greek and english. There are some videos of people playing music, and headphones you can put on to listen to traditional music. Beautiful handmade instruments. About an hour or an hour and a half to see and really digest everything.
  • As a musician, I found the museum quite interesting, with many well-preserved traditional instruments and good explanations. However, several of the headphones to listen to examples were missing. Also, it's small, you can go through it quite thoroughly and it doesn't take too long.
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