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Museum of Popular Instruments27-02-2013 16:04In Plaka area you will find The Museum of Popular Music Instruments, which is hosted in Lassanis Mandion and it displays about 600 Greek musical instruments from the last 300 years.
They have been selected for their aesthetic and decorative value but also for their ethnological and musicological interest.
The exhibition is spread on three floors and divided into four sections corresponding to the groups by the material that is made to vibrate and produce sound :
Membranophones – toumbelekia (pottery drums), daoulia (drums), defia (tambourines)
Aerophones – Flogeres, souravlia, mandoures (flutes)
Chordophones – Tambourades, laghouta (long necked lutes), outia (short necked lutes) quitares, mandolins and dulcimers.
Idiophones – massies (tongs with cymbals), koudounia (bells), simandro (semanterion) etc.
The main purpose of the museum and the Research Center is to collect and maintain the popular musical instruments and any contributing material to the study of Greek musical tratidion, the promotion of traditional music through the study of ethno musicological subjects, the preservation by all means of Greek folk and Byzantine musical tradition in Greece and abroad and finally the creation of an audio visual archive.
The museum is located at 1-3, Diogenous Str in Plaka and you can visit it Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday: 10.00-14.00, Wednesday: 12.00-18.00, Monday: closed .
Phone +30 210 3250198, 3254119, 3254129
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