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    War museum

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 24, 2014

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    War Museum was one of the first museums I visited in Athens back in 1985! Not really my favorite museum but it brings back sweet memories, I remember some of the planes (pic 1) that you can still see on the back yard of the museum (pic 2 shows the front side as you come from the metro station). These old aircrafts had been used by the greek Air Force in the past and they will be the first things you see before entering the museum.

    Inside the museum the permanent collection includes several maps and prints, and of course several dozens of weapons, not only Greeks but from many parts of the world, I only like the swords but I get bored with any other kind of weapon. There’s a part of the museum that covers the stone and bronze ages and other rooms (in chronology order) devoted to byzantine period, to the greek war of independence, Balkan wars/WWI, WWII.

    The war museum founded on july 18, 1975. The entrance fee is only 2euros and it is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-14.00

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    Athens War Museum

    by iblatt Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    Passing by this museum on the "museum mile" of Vas. Sofias, I was attracted by the fighter planes (an old passion of mine) on display in the yard.
    I was perplexed by the museum's Greek name: "Mouseio Polemico", which I would have interpreted as Museum of Polemics, expecting a civilized debate rather than all-out war!
    Anyway, this is the museum of the Greek Armed Forces, established in 1975, and it contains the history of warfare from pre-historic to modern times.

    Unfortunately we found the museum closed, but I still enjoyed the various original airplanes in the open yard, from a WWI-era biplane to more modern jet fighters.

    Athens War Museum entrance Ready to fly a Greek Air Force fighter plane! Athens War Museum Athens War Museum: Those were the days... Miri and the F-104 Starfighter
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    War Museum

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

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    I didn't actually go into the War Museum (Polemiko Mouseio) because I had already seen four museums and a gallery in a little over 24 hours and feared that the War Museum would be the end of my eyes and feet. Nevertheless, I did get some snapshots of the warplanes out front (these can be photographed at any time, whether or not the museum is open). Also, I found out that the museum, a legacy of the Generals who ran Greece from 1967 to 1973, is free to the public. Perhaps this may be a good idea for anyone a bit short on cash in Athens....

    One of the warplanes outside the War Museum

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    WAR MUSEUM

    by STRATOS79 Written Apr 18, 2007

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    Opened in 1975 the war museum explores the history of wars
    covering from the pre-historic time until the second world war.
    Separeted in 10 rooms depending on the period the museum
    has weapons from stone axes to fighter-aircrafts,
    military uniforms and many more

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    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    The Museum was inaugurated in 1975. Its aim and mission is the exhibition of war mementoes, the documentation and study of war history as well as the presentation of the struggles for freedom of the Greek nation from ancient times to the present day.

    Beyond the moments of developing human civilization and spirit, every nation has to reveal its own unwelcoming history of war. The war museum of Athens is exhibiting the Greek history of war from the Trojan age to the present time. Inside and within the surrounding area of the museum one can see war items (artillery, airplanes, tanks, vehicles, military uniforms, scale models, weapons etc.) and track the footprints of ancient and latest Greek history.

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    by athenian80 Written Apr 4, 2005

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    Well, this may sounds daunting, especially if you are a pacifist. But i like this museum a lot. It's aim is to display important military objects through the centuries (after all the world we live in is the result of wars) and also commemorate the sacred military struggles of the nation. In the first floor you'll see items that range from Neolithic times, to Classical times, Byzantine and in the ground floor more contemporary like Balkan wars and the WWII. In the court-yard old military planes are on display!
    Currently (April 2005) the first floor is closed as it's being renovated.
    Addmission is free.

    Military plane and the museum in the background

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