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Museum of Ancient Greek Technology

Date
Feb, 07, 2019

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas is located in the centre of Athens at 6 Pindarou Street in Kolonaki, and hosts two exhibitions: the permanent exhibition of the Ancient Greek Technology: the Origins of Technology and the periodic exhibition of the Ancient Greek Musical instruments. The museum is housed in a beautiful historic Art Nouveau building that once belonged to the family of Queen Aspasia Manou, wife of Alexander I and is only a few minutes away from the Hellenic Parliament.

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology exhibits a relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek culture through the exhibition “Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greeks “. Displayed are approximately 100 selected exhibits, from the robot-servant and the “cinema” of Philon to the automatic theater of Herontheatrerom the Hydraulic Clock of Ktesibiosto the Antikythera Mechanism. Additionally, the new Kotsanas Museum presents periodical exhibitions dedicated to different exciting aspects of the technology of the Ancient Greeks, such as the Archimedes exhibition or Ancient Greek games, Ancient Greek automations, Ancient Greek shipbuilding, Ancient Greek siege engines, Ancient Greek astronomy and many others.

Finally, the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the only museum in the world displaying the inventions of the Ancient Greeks and the museum is nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2019.

Activities for Kids

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is great with kids and a must add to your list of things to do in Athens with kids. Children can see, touch and even operate the inventions of the Ancient Greek civilization. What I love about this museum is not only its well displayed collection (with English and Greek signs) but its several educational activities.

The Museum offers three unique educational workshops for both grown-ups and youngsters: “Telecommunications and cryptography in Ancient Greece”, Ancient Greek Strategy Games”, and “The Calculating mechanisms in Antiquity“. There is also a theatrical play designed for children and their families, that takes place every Sunday. The “Case of DoReMi”  is a musical play with wind, key and string instruments. Children also have the opportunity to make their first steps in the world of  Science, Technolgy and Engineering. Three six-month workshops of Robotics are organized at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology by Stem Education: Lilliputian Engineers (for pre-school children),  Young Engineers (5-8 years old)andIntroduction to Educational Robotics (8-11 years old).

Exhibition of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments

As said earlier, the same building permanently houses the independent exhibition of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments 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.

Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas

6, Pindarou and Akadimias Street, Kolonaki

Opening Hours: 09:00–17:00 weekdays and weekends

Website: http://kotsanas.com/

For more inspiration and things to do in Athens with Kids, have a look at my list of the Best 10 Things to do in Athens with Kids, One day in Athens with Kids,and my Athens Children Activities 2019 Guide

Photo credits for all featured photos and material: Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas

Celeste

Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. A blog created by parents for parents full of invaluable tips and ideas. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.

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