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Sitting room of King Otto


Museum of the City of Athens


The Museum of the City of Athens was founded in 1973. It began to function in 1980 and received the award of the Academy of Athens in 1990. The museum houses the art and historical collection of its founder, Labros Eftaxias. This collection includes paintings, engravings, furniture, everyday objects and important relics from medieval and more recent Greek history, from the period of Frankish rule to the 19th century.

The museum is housed in two of the oldest buildings in Athens which are now connected by a covered bridge. For some time the building at nr. 7 was the residence of King Otto and Queen Amalia. Therefore it also is known the “Old Palace”. The first floor was reconstructed with the original furniture of Amalia’s reception room, Otto’s reception room, the throne room as well as Otto’s study and library.Museum of the City of Athens (Vouros-Eftaxias)

There are interesting collections of paintings, watercolors and engravings by travelers who visited Athens. The large (3 x 5m – 9.84 x 16.40ft) oil painting of 1674 by Jacques Carrey, is one of the most important sources of information on Athens in the 17th century.

There also is a plaster model of Athens as it was in 1872. It was made by Ioannis Travlos and Nikos Gerasimov to a scale of 1:1000. The model was based on a drawing of the city by Fr. Stauffert made between 1836 and 1843 and on numerous photographs, written sources and drawings. The model offers a picture of Athens when it only had 25.000 inhabitants and was gradually being transformed into the capital of the newly founded Greek State. The museum contributes to the city’s cultural life with lectures, concerts and exhibitions.

Opening hours Opening hours and admission
Locaton map 5-7 Paparrigopoulou Street, Klafthmonos Square
Nearest metro stationPanepistimio


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