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Philatelic and Postal Museum

Philatelic and Postal is located right next to Panathenaic Stadium.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1828 Hellenic Post was founded.

    1861 The first Greek stamp was issued, 21 years after the first stamp of England and the world.

    1966 The museum was founded.

    1977 Housed in the current establishment.

  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 collections of the Postal and Philatelic Museum develop in two axes. The first concerns the evolution of stamps, which reflect the aesthetics, arts, events and ideologies of each era. One of the first stamps was the head of the god Hermes. Many stamps were designed by famous painters and engravers. There is also a special section for Olympic stamps. Greece issued the first Olympic stamps in 1896, at the Athens Olympic Games, held at the Panathenaic Stadium, right next to the current museum. The second axis is about the history of the Hellenic Post Office (ELTA) and its charitable work. Mail sacks, postmen’s uniforms, mailboxes from 1895, photographs, stamps and seals from Asia Minor and Crete (before it was united with Greece), machinery, telephone, and letters before stamps were released, are among the exhibits. There is also an event hall and a library.

What I can't see

Before e-mails, letters were an important means of communication. Stamps reflected the evolution of society and at the same time, were statistical tools for the post offices in many countries. The museum materialized thanks to the donations of many donors, especially Andreas and Nia Stratos. Before the museum’s establishment, the collections were stored in warehouses.



Unsigned, (2014), Navigating the routes of Art and Culture, Part 1, Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports


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


Philatelic and Postal Museum, (d.u.), Το μουσείο, συλλογές, [Museum, Collections]

Last visit 22/3/2023