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Athens already has a Museum of Industry and Technology

25 January 2013 / 19:01:15  GRReporter
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Athens already has a Museum of Industry and Technology, which will be open to the public this winter. The exhibits that tell the story of the technological developments of past eras will be displayed in the old building of the gas plant in Athens. The building is distinguished for its industrial architecture typical of the 19th century - red bricks and large windows.

A large part of the plant's equipment is intact and is a perfect background for the purposes of the museum as it consists of authentic items of technological progress, machinery and equipment. Available to the public will be a wide range of photos, audio files and videos that reveal the era of industrial entrepreneurship in Greece.


The plant, which is now transformed into a museum, was built near Kerameikos in 1857. It produced electricity for the capital’s streets and households' lighting. In 1938, the plant became a municipal entity and continued to provide lighting for the residents of Athens up until 1984. After 130 years of service, the plant was permanently closed.

In 1999, the authorities decided to renovate and put to use the buildings of the old industrial area in the centre of Athens, which had been deserted for almost two decades. The Technopolis art centre has been established, which today is the home of a series of cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions, theatre performances and festivals.

The museum will be officially opened on Sunday, 27 January, by the Mayor of Athens George Kaminis. On the occasion of the new cultural venue, Technopolis will organise an exhibition entitled "Art Meets Industry", which will involve 12 different artists. Their works will be united under the name of "By-products". The photographic exhibition "workers" by Platonas Rivelis will be presented as well as the film selection of Sotis Triadailou and the "Karagyozis, the Garage Owner" performance of the "Shadows Theatre". (Θεάτρου Σκιών).


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