Athens Celebrates 160 Years of Greek Innovation



A lively exhibition following the dynamic story of Greece’s industries and innovation over more than a century was launched Thursday in downtown Athens.

160 Years Made in Greece – Industry, Innovation, Novelty at the Athens Technopolis will run from Thursday to March 25. It presents the country’s industrial development between 1860 and 1970 for the first time and promises to ask some intriguing questions such as:

Why does the white wall color have more shades in Greece than in any other country? Which car was manufactured in Syros and which Greek factory baked biscuits and tiles?

Visitors will be able take part in guided tours and workshops which cover 800 exhibits, including the machines, materials and rare documents which make up Greece’s industrial expansion.

The men and women who spearheaded Greece’s businesses will also be explored with interviews and rare footage.

Eight industries which shaped modern Athens — home appliances; chemicals; construction materials; energy; food & beverage; textile and clothing; tobacco; furniture — are all thoroughly examined and presented in an engaging and dynamic way.

Visitors will also able to see old advertisements, touch machinery and raw materials that we cannot even imagine are part of our everyday lives.

Famous Greek actress Aliki Vougiouklaki in a Greek beer advertisement from the early 1960s.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General entrance costs €4; the reduced entrance fee for students, school children and the unemployed is €2.50.


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