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The Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens, Attica: The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum was founded in 1993 and opened to the public in 1994 as a non-government cultural institution. It is housed in a beautiful Neoclassical building, which used to be the old workshop of the famous jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis, located south of the Acropolis. The building had multiple renovations to turn into a museum.
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Today, the permanent exhibition of the Jewelry Museum displays over 4,000 pieces and micro-sculptures designed by Ilias Lalaounis from 1940 to 2000. The inspirations for these jewelry collections derive from various sources, such as the Neolithic period, the Byzantine period, the post-Colombian architecture and African designs. These collections have also been inspired by the Greek jewelry from the Classical and the Hellenistic periods and several creations inspired by the latest developments in technology and science.
The museum frequently organizes periodical exhibitions, cultural and educational programs for children and teenagers and has an interesting publishing activity. There are a lovely cafeteria and a restaurant on the ground floor of the museum and a special roof garden offering a spectacular view to the southern side of the Acropolis. The library hosts over 5,000 volumes around the art of jewelry making and also publications in archaeology, fine arts, nature, and other civilizations.
Lalaounis Museum has been established as a strong and modern organization with exhibitions and activities for all ages. It aims in transforming the museum into an international center that will enhance the history of jewelry and the art of jewelry trade.
Address: Kariatidon and Kalisperi st, 12, Makrigianni district, opposite the Acropolis
Telephone: (0030) 210 92 21 044
The photo is from www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr
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There are many ways to reach the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, from any location in Athens.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.
On foot: As the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in approximately 8 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is “Acropolis” on line 2. Note that the Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is located within a 5-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Mouseio Acropolis” of the bus route 230. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
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