The National Historical Museum
The National Historical Museum (NHM) was established in 1884 by the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece (HESG). Since 1960 it is housed in the neo-classical building which was the seat of the Greek Parliament from 1875 until 1935. The Museum’s permanent exhibition presents the Greek history from the 15th to the 20th century.
The Museum’s collections include the following: greek flags and war trophies, weapons, helmets and armours, figureheads from ships, sculptures, medals, works of arts made by distinguished artists, seals, coins, memorabilia and personal objects belonging to historical figures, oil paintings, maps, engravings, lithographs, jewelleries, furniture and a large collection of national costumes worn by fighters, politicians, officers, scholars, priests and traditional regional costumes and domestic articles from everyday life.
In this building the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece also houses its Archive of Historical Documents (15th to the 20th century), its Library with rare editions about Greek history, its Photographic Archive and the Conservation Laboratory of the Museum.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30-14:30. Closed on Mondays.
Old Parliament Building, Stadiou str. 13, Kolokotronis Sq., 10561, Athens
Tel: (+30) 210-3237315
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Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion (Hydra Island)
Built in the era of naval prosperity of the island (late 18th c.), it stands on the west side of the harbour of Hydra. Lazaros Koundouriotis (1769-1852) was one of the most eminent political figures of Hydra, who offered his ships, crew and fortune to the Greek War of Independence. Since 2001 the Historic Residence operates as folklore museum and as a gallery displaying works of renowned painters in Greece and abroad.
Tetsis Home & Studio (Hydra Island)
Panagiotis Tetsis was a famous painter and member of the Athens Academy. His house and studio is a typical hydriot home of the 19th- early 20th c. which operates as a museum since 2016. The house and its contents, the artist’s works and the objects (furniture, drawings, family photographs, personal items, studio materials, workshop objects, tools, etc) are put on display in a manner highlighting the particular value of the ensemble.
The Tetsis Home & Studio is open to all visitors, upon request, in cooperation with the personnel of the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Mansion.
The museums are both annexes of the National Historical Museum (Athens).
Opening hours for both museums: 10.00 - 16.00 daily, from March 25th to the end of October.
Tel.-fax: (+30) 22980 52421