The museum is a department of the War Museum of Athens. It’s gates opened to the public in the year 2000. The history of the building, though, began in 1902 when its construction was concluded, based of blueprints from the Italian architect Vitalliano Posseli. Nowadays, it hosts in its exhibitions more than 10.000 relics composing the modern history of Greece. Starting with the pre-evolution years and ending with the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in 1974, visitors have the opportunity to relive the Greek War of Independence, the Balkan Wars as well as the two World Wars. In this historical frame visitors also have the opportunity to interact with exhibits belonging to different nations that took part in all the eras whether as enemies or allies of the Greek Armed Forces.
The museum’s mission is to act as a base in Northern Greece for events organized by the War Museum in Athens and to help preserve historical memory and heritage in Northern Greece. Through its permanent exhibitions and various dedicatory exhibitions, the museum emphasizes the continuation of the Hellenic race throughout history, while simultaneously contributing to the documentation of the history of Greece at war. The permanent collections show events which were a watershed in Modern Greek history from the turn of the 20th century to the liberation of Greece from German forces at the end of World War II. They include photographs of the times, Greek army, air force and navy uniforms, weapons of the Greek army, replicas of artillery and ships, works of art, stone engravings, maps, paintings, postcards, and similar items from the armies of other Balkan countries.
These exhibits give insight to the Balkan Wars, World War I, the Asia Minor Campaign, the Greco-Italian War, the Battle of the Forts in eastern Macedonia, the Battle of Crete, the Occupation and the Resistance, the part played by Greek forces in Allied action in North Africa, Italy and Normandy, as well as the liberation from the forces of occupation. In addition to exhibition spaces, the War Museum has an amphitheatre, a multi-purpose hall and well-stocked library of writings on history and war. Furthermore, all Ministry of Defence, Department of Military History and War Museum publications are on sale at the museum shop.
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