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Athens City Museum

The Athens City Museum is housed at the then temporary palace of king Otto.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1833 Beginning of construction of Dekozis- Vouros house. Construction lasted a year.

    1837 It became the temporary palace of Otto and Amalia until 1843.

    1859 Completion of Konstantinos Vouros house.

    1916 Reformation of the façade of Konstantinos Vouros house.

    1973 The museum was founded. Seven years later it opened for the public.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The museum of the city of Athens is hosted in two preserved houses: the house of the banker Stamatios Dekozis- Vouros (right) and his son Konstantinos Vouros (left). The first is one of the first examples of early austere classicism, designed by the German architects Luders and Hoffer. The second is a three-storey building designed by the military engineer Gerasimos Metaxas. Today, the façade is entirely different from the original, as it was radically redesigned in 1916 with neo-baroque elements. The museum was donated by Lambros Eftaxias, great-grandson of Stamatios Dekozis-Vouros. The exhibits are related to the city, especially from the Frankish period and beyond, with particular emphasis on the reign of Otto. It includes paintings, sculptures, engravings, original models of the rebuilding of Athens in 1842, the representation of the palace’s kitchen, the throne room, the office of Otto, the manuscript of the first Constitution of 1844, coins, documents, photographs, ancient objects and much more besides. Equally important is the collection of Kosmas Stathis. Besides, the museum has a library, a lecture hall and a lovely cafe.

What I can't see

It was the first temporary palace of Otto and Amalia until the construction of the Palace (the current Parliament). For this reason, it was also called “Old Palace”. The house of Dekozis – Vouros was the reception area, while the functional spaces and the royal residence were the neighbouring houses of Afthonidis and Mastronikolas, which have been demolished. Here the first receptions of the royal couple were held, which impressed the Athenians. As well the phrase “Mind the chandelier” by Kolokotronis was coined as he addressed his nephew, who while dancing used to kick his rustic shoes up into the air.



Archaeology of the city of Athens, (d.u.), Οικία Δεκόζη- Βούρου, [Dekozis- Vouros House], EIE

Last visit: 16/8/2015


Archaeology of the city of Athens, (d.u.), Οικία Κωνσταντίνου Βούρου, [Konstantinos Vouros House], EIE

Last visit: 16/8/2015


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Museum of the city of Athens, Vouros- Eftaxias Foundation, (2013), Το Μουσείο, Συλλογές, [The Museum, Collections]

Last visit: 16/8/2015