Hellenic Motor Museum Athens Greece

Hellenic Motor Museum Athens Greece

One of Explorason’s (and my) passion is for a good motor car.

I used to own an old English sports convertible car – a Triumph Spitfire and my parents had a couple of oldies, so I guess I grew up loving classic cars.

When we saw that we could visit Hellenic Motor Museum, it was a better choice for my son than ‘another old museum’.

And we are so glad we did!

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Exploramum and Explorason – entering the main floor of the Hellenic Motor Museum

It all starts with “the wheel”.  This is dated as 300 years BC.

“HMM also gives the opportunity to its visitors to learn about the evolution of the car through the history of the wheel. While ascending the spiral ramp of the building they can admire 72 unique exhibits dating from 300 B.C. to the end of the 20th century. This 3-floor exhibition of wheels is permanent and is offered free of charge.”

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Exploramum and Explorason – one of the old wheels at the Hellenic Motor Museum

We were privileged to have a guide, and so we learned a lot. Out-sourcing education, as I call it, as we world school and travel the world with world schooling forming education.  This guide was just amazing.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – informative guide

In the Hellenic Motor Museum, we had the opportunity to admire more than 110 unique exhibits of the global automotive industry.  Many countries of origin and I believe there are over 300 vehicles in his total collection.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – a classic English mini!

There is a lift at the rear of the floor – one for vehicles, and one for humans – and they are constantly changing the cars.

One that was there for the week was a solar paneled one. Explorason loved it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – the solar paneled car was Explorason’s favorite

He was even allowed to “beep” the horn on this one.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – “Beep – Beep”

“The collection is rotating and has exhibits from companies that no longer exist like Avion Voisin, Adler, Packard, Facelvega, Delage, ISO, DINO, Stanguelini, Siata, Frazer Nash, HRG, Elva, Miler, Offenhauser.”

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – Stunning collection of vehicles on each floor

“But also classic models of famous current car manufacturers like Bentley, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Aston Martin,  Bristol, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, etc.”

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – looking down the center

Did you know this grill was inspired by the Parthenon?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – Parthenon inspired

Not only did we learn this, but the guide took the time to teach Explorason all about the difference between 2WD, 4WD, front and rear motors and more.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – touch and feeling leather on an old vehicle

This motorbike is just for show, but there is a section with some strange beasts in it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – show motorbike

But the ending was the best bit for Explorason. The F1 Simulator.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – F1 simulator

Such concentration.  Way more advanced than any computer game.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – concentration by Explorason as he races the F1 simulator

It was great.  It gave him the feeling of how the steering would shake. What it would do if the vehicle went off the track and more.  If you win, you get a certificate too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Hellenic Motor Museum – racing on the F1 simulator – screen view

We spent 3 hours at the motor museum.

I hope we get to come back to Athens and visit again.

Because the cars are changing, this means next time there will be new models and makes to see. We can’t wait!

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Attraction Name: Hellenic Motor Museum

Location: Ioulianou 33, Athens 104 33, Greece

Telephone:  +30 21 0727 9915

Website: http://www.hellenicmotormuseum.gr/index.php?language=en

Date visited: October 2014

“Hellenic Motor Museum occupies 5.000 sqm. in a unique building in terms of architecture and design. Its exhibitions are dedicated to the evolution of the car and display more than 110 cars from the 19th and the 20th century. It is located in the heart of Athens, just a few minutes away from the National Archaeological Museum.”

Child-friendly: Yes

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2 comments

  1. Wow..and glad he liked the solar car! Our daughter has been involved in solar car technology and racing ….even drove one over the line in Adelaide in 1996! Still loving your stories..take care ..Jacky and Stephen

    1. I think your daughter would have had a ball driving the cars. I know Explorason was excited to learn more. Glad to see you are still enjoying our travels. A lot more to come !! Enjoy your Christmas season – love from us xx

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