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Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

12 Kallisperi N., Athens 117 42, Greece
+30 21 0922 1044
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Gorgeous and good for kids

I dragged my kids here because I wanted to see this famous jeweler's art. He draws inspiration... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2014
lesliekaplan
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Jacksonville, Florida
Intelligent glitz

I thought this museum might be a little 'serious', but was delighted to find the most fabulously... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2014
prp
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Athens
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The ILJM is the only jewelry museum in Greece. It is a nonprofit cultural organization certified by the Greek Ministries of Finance and of Culture since 1993. The ILJMuseum is not government funded. The Museum strives to act as an international center for the continuation of traditional crafts especially the ancient art of silver and goldsmithery. In its twenty years of operation over 50 temporary exhibitions have been organized in Greece and abroad. 1200 specialized educational programs have reached over 90.000 children and 20.000 adults. Its future agenda includes introducing new initiatives on education of art and cultural education through fun and inspirational activities for both children and adults. Collaboration with international Museums, organizations and Educational institutions is needed more than ever to bring Greece in the front page of the international Cultural agenda.
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12 Kallisperi N., Athens 117 42, Greece
Thissio / Makriyanni
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

I dragged my kids here because I wanted to see this famous jeweler's art. He draws inspiration from everywhere around him, starting with periods of Greek history - -ancient, Byzantine, etc, and then from everything-- plants, animals, other cultures, the solar system, chemistry... and everything...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I thought this museum might be a little 'serious', but was delighted to find the most fabulously OTT selection of gold jewellery spread over the two floors of this tasteful Acropolis villa. Yes, some pieces look dated, but at the same time are a fabulous...More

2  Thank prp
Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Their collection is not historic jewelry but jewelry recently designed and made using impressions from other cultures. The pieces were huge and only for special occations if worn at all. More modern than realistic. Felt the collection was misrepresented.

1  Thank Emily W
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I love beautifully designed jewelry and appreciate the Byzantine workmanship, so I really looked for to this one on our return trip to Athens. It focused on the various collections that Mr. Lalaounis created in the 60-80's, but that was about it. NOt really worth...More

1  Thank Diana5531
Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

Have read about this museum and then came to it by chance. Pretty impressive design. Lots of gold...of course. Really like the greek archeological inspired design. Worth a visit.

3  Thank T M
Reviewed 27 February 2013

A stunning retrospective collection of the work of a master craftsman. Shows another side of the influential culture of Greece inspiring beautiful jewellery.

5  Thank Annie W
Reviewed 21 February 2013

Private collection set in a beautiful home which was the Lalaounis residence. Just a block away from the new Acropolis Museum, a must see if you have extra time and love jewelry!

2  Thank stella_sl
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We came across this by accident, there are three floors (lift availble if required ) The entrance fee is free, however they do have restricted opening times so check in advance. When we went they are dispaying one of the original olympic torches from olympia,...More

1  Thank David A
Reviewed 7 September 2012

its is one of the best meybe the only jewlry museums in the word. very intresting beautifull jewels spectacular and unique

1  Thank kostas v
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Gold lovers please go visit this different museum. This jewelry designer has taken historical objects and form and made jewelry with a contemporary flair. He has designed for many people to include Jackie Onassis. The displays are breathtaking. The museum shop has some interesting things...More

3  Thank habaneros
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Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient
temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small
wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer
numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely
pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between
the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth
climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges
with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the
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