The Museum of Traditional Pottery in Athens, also known as the Centre for the Study of Traditional Pottery, was established in 1987 by Betty Psaropoulou. It was originally a center, but became an institution in 1993.
It is housed in a neoclassical building donated by the Ministry of Culture at Melidoni Street, close to Thissio Metro Station.
The museum is the result of the efforts of Mrs.Psaropoulou and a specialized team of researchers who focused on the collection of traditional ceramic creations, as well as their conservation.
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The center aimed at recording the different methods, materials and techniques used in the art of pottery, and a great collection of significant samples was created throughout the years, contributing to the enhancement of the Greek cultural identity as well as history.
Visitors of the museum have the opportunity to view the creation stages, as well as familiarize themselves with the techniques, methods and materials used.
Through its rich sources, such as audiovisual means, the vast collection with more than 3,000 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.
The museum's collection includes:
• Ceramics of all uses
• Ceramics from the Balkans and European countries outside the peninsula
• Ceramics from Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace
• Ceramics made by renowned artists (Minas Avramidis, Ira Triantafyllidis, Panos Valsamakis, and others) • Modern pottery
• Tools for the construction and decoration of the vessels
The Museum of Traditional Pottery is open from 09:00 to 15:00 on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and the admission is free of charge.
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 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) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also 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 Square in less than 10 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is Thissio (Green Line). 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.