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.
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....
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
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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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.
Greece has a rich history of wars through the centuries... The War Museum of Athens was inaugurated in 1975 and presents the strong will of the Greeks for freedom, at any historical period, from ancient times until today...
There is a chronological order to the exhibits, you can see there many weapons, even military planes! There is free admission.