The Museum of Traditional Pottery, also known as the Centre for the Study of Traditional Pottery, was established in 1987 by Betty Psaropoulou. The museum was originally housed at Ipitou street in Plaka, where herself and a skilled team of researchers focused on the gathering of traditional pottery creations, as well as their preservation. The centre aimed at recording the different methods, materials and techniques used in the art of pottery, and throughout the years a great collection of significant samples was created, contributing to the enhancement of the Greek cultural identity as well history.
In 2000, the center was transferred at a neoclassical building that was donated by the Ministry of Culture at Melidoni street in the area of Kerameikos, close to Thissio train station. Visitors of the museum have the opportunity to view the creation stages, as well as familiarize with the techniques, methods and materials used. Through its rich sources, such as audiovisual means, the vast collection with more than 4,000 exhibits as well as frequent seminars and workshops, the museum manages to honor the ancient art of pottery-making and bring it to the world.
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There are many ways to reach the Museum of Traditional Pottery, 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 9292or book your taxi online.
On foot: As the Museum of Traditional Pottery is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Monastiraki metro station, in less than 10 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is “Thissio” on line 1. Note that the Museum of Traditional Pottery 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 “Ag. Asomatoi”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
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