Athens War MuseumThe Athens War Museum is located in the heart of Athens, in one of the most central parts of the city, at the intersection of Vasilissis Sofias and Rizari streets, and at a short walking distance from the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Cycladic Art Museum, the Benaki Museum and the National Gallery of Greece. If you are a history lover or a war history buff, pay a visit to the Athens War Museum, the museum of the Greek Armed Forces and explore the exhibits of the largest museum of military history in Greece and one of the largest in Southeastern Europe. Get to know the country’s eventful military history thanks to the abundance of pictures, exhibits and artifacts from antiquity to nowadays.
Start your visit to the Athens War Museum on the top floor, where you will find a collection dedicated to prehistoric times, antiquity, Byzantine period, the Balkan Wars, the Greek War of Independence, or World War I. The following floors are dedicated to the Greek troops who fought against the Axis powers during World War II. There is also an interesting collection of unusual weapons from various periods coming from all over the world.
The original core of the museum exhibits was part of the objects of the great exhibition on the War History of the Greeks, held in Zappeion in 1968, as well as the priceless collection of Petros Saroglou, with thousands of rare weapons and weapons’ components from various historical periods. In the following years, the War Museum has purchased, either by collectors or various institutions, a great number of works of art, archives or relics.
In addition, the museum has an exterior area that is dedicated to heavy artillery and military aircrafts used by the Greek Air Force. You can visit this part of the museum without a fee.
The Building’s history
Thucydides Valentis, a renowned Greek architect, designed the museum’s building with the then-modern international standards and began its construction in 1972. Its design followed modern architectural standards and its shape is clearly influenced by the German school of Bauhaus. The inauguration of the Athens War Museum took place on July 18, 1975, by the former President of the Hellenic Republic, Konstantinos Tsatsos, and the Minister of National Defense, Evangelos Averoff. In 1988, the War Museum inaugurated its first Branch in Nafplio, in 1995 its second in Chania, whereas in 2000 its Branches in Thessaloniki and Tripol, were inaugurated.