All that glitters is not just gold at the Ilias Lalaounis Museum.
If gold, precious gems, and the art of intricate jewelry-making astonish you, a visit to the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens is a must. A unique establishment devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts, this glitzy collection of a museum was founded in 1993. Today, it hosts an assortment of over 4,000 pieces of jewelry and micro-sculptures originating from over 50 collections designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. The main museum edifice, in fact, was the original workshop of Ilias Lalaounis Company, a popular jeweler brand in Greece to this day.
While the museum also hosts temporary exhibits, its permanent collection features a selection of donated decorative arts from around the world, separated into six distinct sections exhibiting:
The Golden Dawn of Art
The History of Ancient Greek Art
Collections Inspired from Other Civilizations
Collections Inspired from Nature
Collections Inspired from Space, Biology, and Technology
Special Commissions and Private Donations
A visit to this museum is a great day trip since aside from the array of elaborate and historical pieces it houses, it’s also host to a museum shop, a library with over 5,000 volumes, educational workshops, a café, and a roof terrace with a view to the Parthenon (open exclusively to museum club members.) Additionally, an authentic jewelry workshop operates on the ground floor, allowing visitors to observe the process of goldsmithery done by a resident goldsmith at work on site.
The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is located at Kallisperi Street 12 in Athens. General admission is 5 euro while reduced admission is 4 euro, and the museum is open free of charge on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.