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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 19, 2022
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Tickets: Purchase at the museum.
The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments is a vast collection of about 1,200 Greek musical instruments that date from the 18th century up to the present day. It represents the culmination of decades of study by the musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis and is housed in the 1842 mansion built in 1840 of General Yiorgos Lassanis, a hero of the War of the Greek Independence.
There are 3 floors to the museum, with objects displayed according to instrument type. There are headphones and videos set up throughout the museum for visitors to enjoy musical samples and hear the different instruments displayed. Among other distinctly Greek sounds on display are the gaïda (Greek goatskin bagpipes) and the wooden planks used by priests on Mount Athos to call prayer.
Adjacent to the museum is a research center with archives and a lecture hall, as well as a museum shop. During the summer, musical performances are often held in the garden. Located in Plaka near the Roman Agora, about a 300-meter walk from Monastiraki Square and metro station.
Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments Hours and Information
- Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 8:30am to 3:30pm, last entrance at 3:10pm. Closed Tuesdays. The museum is closed on January 1, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25 & 26.
- Website: odysseus.culture.gr
- Location: Diogenous 1
- Telephone: +30 21 0325 0198
- Admission Fee: 2€
- Free Entry: Children under 5, diabled visitors. Free admission for all visitors on March 6, April 18, May 18, the last weekend of September, October 28, and every first Sunday of the month from November through March.
- Parking: Street parking, nearby pay lots.
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki
Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments
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