The exhibition “VOYAGE”, Museum Herakleidon

VOYAGE-Greek Shipbuilding and Seafaring
from antiquity to modern times

The exhibition VOYAGE-Greek Shipbuilding and Seafaring from antiquity to modern times is being extended through August 27th, 2017 (Opening hours: Daily and weekends 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-20:00, Ap. Pavlou 37, Thissio-Athens, +30-211.0126486,

“Voyage” presents the history of Greek seafaring in the Aegean and the Mediterranean from prehistoric times to the middle of the 20th century. A history of maritime voyages, achievements in naval architecture, exchange of ideas and technological developments, through about 40 handmade wooden models of Greek ships of excellent, detailed construction with authentic materials, based on naval architectural drawings, following traditional methods. The creator of these models is Dimitris Maras, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and model shipbuilder, who has studied in depth the shipbuilding history of Greece, as well as the construction of ship models.

The painter-printmaker Mary Schina, associate professor of the Printmaking department of the Athens School of Fine Arts, is participating in this exhibition with selected works from her series “Aegaeis”, “Aegean Sea Odes” and “Aegean Odes honour the Ancient Treasures of Antikythera”, inspired by the Aegean Sea. Νautical instruments, maps, video projections, explanatory drawings and other material, such as a special edition catalogue in two languages (English/Greek), further complement the exhibition, aiming to help the visitors understand the subject and goal of the exhibition by creating the appropriate museum environment.

A new section focusing on the century of research during which scientists have tried to understand the Antikythera Mechanism enriches the exhibition VOYAGE-Greek Shipbuilding and Seafaring from antiquity to modern times. Through rare exhibits that are being shown for the first time, early and contemporary models of the mechanism, explanatory texts, drawings and photographs, the Museum Herakleidon is presenting to the general public pivotal moments in the study of the most complicated mechanism of antiquity (2nd-1st cent. BC), aiming to showcase the advanced scientific knowledge of the ancient Greeks, their mathematical and technological achievements and, most importantly, their innovative spirit.

The goal of the exhibition is to present to the visitors, in a coherent and comprehensible manner, the history of Greek seafaring and shipbuilding, giving them a chance to take a mental trip back in time to discover the close and timeless relationship of the Greek people with the sea.

Schedule of guided tours

 (It is imperative to make a telephone reservation in advance for all guided tours)

General guided tours

  1. a) For the general public: Sunday 12:00
  2. b) For organized groups: Thursday 18:00, Saturday 10:00

Number of participants per tour: 20 ● Duration: 50′ ● Price (including admission): 6 € per person

General tours for school groups

Days & times: Monday-Friday, 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30

Duration: 50′ ● Number of participants per tour: 25 (two separate groups can be guided simultaneously) ● Price (including admission): 4 € per student-chaperones/teachers free

«The Antikythera Mechanism» guided tours

Days and times: As above ● Duration: 60′ ● Price (including admission): 6 € per person

Information/Reservations: Tel: 211 01 26 486 / E-mail:

Models creator: Dimitris Maras, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering & model shipbuilder

Works of art: Mary Schina, associate professor of the Printmaking department of the Athens School of Fine Arts

Exhibition Designer & Curator: Nikoleta Xydea, Archaeology-Museology MA

We thank the Maritime Museum of Litochoro for the loan of five navigational instruments from its collections, the Hellenic Navy and the Research Institute of Ancient Shipbuilding and Technology “NAFDOMOS” for the loan of audio-visual materials, and the National Archaeological Museum, the Numismatic and Epigraphiical Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Archaeological Museum of Atalanti and the Aegean Maritime Museum for granting permission to use photos of selected objects from their collections.

We also thank Anna Lontou, holder of the copyright on the works of G. Seferis, for her kind permission to use a verse from “Mythistorema”.


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