Philatelic and Postal Museum
Type: Attractions, Free Attractions, Museums
The Philatelic and Postal Museum was founded in 1978, on Fokianou street, right next to the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens, where the Olympic Games were held in 1896. In celebration of this event,... Read More
The Philatelic and Postal Museum was founded in 1978, on Fokianou street, right next to the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens, where the Olympic Games were held in 1896. In celebration of this event, the first Olympic stamps internationally were printed by the Greek state. The exhibits are arranged in two sectors: the first pertains to the history and development of stamps, interwoven with the evolution of the aesthetic and ideology of Greece in recent years and the second is dedicated to the history of the Greek Post from 1828 up to now. Visitors can view, amongst other exhibits, the first Greek stamps with the Large Hermes Heads, which were printed by the engraver A. Barre in France in 1861, maquettes of many series of stamps designed by the artists D. Biskinis, engravers A. Tassos, I. Kefallinos and others. Also maquettes and paintings by contemporary artists who designed stamps. In another sector letter boxes since 1895, scales for weighing letters, postmen's uniforms and other items can be viewed. The library includes many titles on postal and philatelic subjects. The Philatelic and Postal Museum documents and promotes Postal history and the development of stamps and philately, and also organizes lectures, guided tours and educational activities.