Tour the Vorres Museum in Athens
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Athens is one of those cities that has strong ties to the past while also becoming modernized. This makes it a fascinating place to visit, and people will enjoy taking in all things that the city has to offer. As a result of its long history and interesting culture, there are plenty of museums to visit. The Vorres Museum is one of those places. Here’s some information that will help you get the most of your time at the museums:
About the Vorres Museum
The Vorres Museum is located in Paiania in an area that covers about 3 acres. The museum is housed in a complex of buildings that totals 4,500 square meters. The museum is surrounded by gardens and courtyards. The Vorres Museum is supervised by a Board of Trustees that consists of 10 members. These members decide on strategic planning, the operation of the museum, the management and allocation of the museum’s funds, and the fulfillment of the aim of the foundation.
The Vorres Museum, founded in 1983, showcases contemporary Greek are and folk art. The museum was the vision of Ian Vorres (1924 – 2015). Ian Vorres graduated from Athens College and received a diploma in Economics and Political Science from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In 1967, Ian Vorres was made Director of the Greek Pavilion at the Montreal International Fair. From 1991- 1998, Ian Vorres was the mayor of the Paiania municipality. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the American College in Greece.
The Vorres Museum is divided into two sections. One section is the collection of contemporary Greek art and the other is the collection of folk art. The collection of contemporary Greek art focuses on art produced during the latter half of the 10th century. Works of art showcased are from the pre-war, post-war, and contemporary periods. These three periods allow one to see the differences in the changing historical and social conditions. The folk art collection covers a time period of over 2,000 years. The rich collection consists of medieval European furniture, utensils, decorative pieces, ornaments, and small collections such as Syriana ceramics.
Tour the Vorres Museum
As you explore the Vorres Museum, you will be presented with exhibits that allow you to experience the history of Greek art and folk art. The museum combine the past with the present and is able to successfully showcase how art plays a role in everyday life.
In addition to the wonderful exhibits of the Vorres Museum, you can explore the surrounding gardens. The courtyards are enclosed by dry stone walls that form a series of hidden gardens. For over 50 years, these gardens have been home to a large and growing collection of Mediterranean plants.
The Vorres Museum is open Saturday and Sunday. If you want to visit during the week, you can contact the museum to make an appointment. The Vorres Museum is closed during the month of August. If interested, you can take an artistic workshop for an extra charge.
The Vorres Museum is located at 1 Parodos Diadochou Konstantinou in Paiania. There are at least three different public buses that will get you to the Vorres Museum. You can also take a car or taxi. Getting around in Athens affords you a number of options, depending on your personal needs.
This post was written by Greek Boston