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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 22, 2022
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Located in the trendy Kolonaki neighborhood of central Athens, the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is housed in a beautiful three story Art Nouveau building that was originally the home of King Alexander of Greece (1893-1920) and his wife, Princess Aspasia of Greece and Denmark (1896-1972). The non-profit museum opened its doors to the public in 2018 by Kostas Kotsanas, who has dedicated his professional life to the study of Ancient Greek culture, specifically ancient Greek technology. Originally from Seliana, a village in the Peloponnese region, he studied mechanical engineering before opening three museums; the other two are located in Katakolo (Peloponnese), Ancient Olympia, and Crete.
The permanent collection on display at the museum comprises reconstructed Greek inventions from the period of 2000 B.C. up to the end of the Ancient Greek world (323 B.C.), and includes operational and interactive technological models of hydraulic technology, measuring instruments, steam engines, a copy of the Antikythera mechanism (believed to be the world’s first computer), and medical and military technology. Over 100 working interactive models are on display, all created by Kotsanas himself. The collection is displayed over three floors, accessible by stairs and elevator.
There is an additional museum-within-a-museum, accessible from the main museum’s foyer, dedicated to Ancient Greek musical instruments and toys. This exhibit’s collection includes reconstructions of items such as Ktesibios’s organ, considered to be the first keyboard instrument in the world, Pythagora’s syntonon, Herme’s lyre, Homer’s phorminx and Apollo’s guitar, to name a few. A third museum space is devoted to Ancient Greek weapons and armor.
Guided tours of the museum are given by staff at no extra cost and available in English and Greek; discuss this option when purchasing your ticket at the museum. The museum maintains an excellent online shop with items for sale that include replicas of ancient inventions and books. Located in central Athens, about 400 meters from Syntagma Square and metro station.
Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Hours and Information
- Hours: 10am – 6pm daily June to October, 9am – 5pm daily November to May.
- Website: kotsanasmuseum.com
- Location: Pindarou 6
- Telephone: +30 21 1411 0044
- Admission Fee: General Admission 5€ per exhibition, or 10€ for all 3 exhibits. Children under 5 are fee.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Syntagma
Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
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