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Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina
Frederic Chopin Museum
#About the Interactive Museum in Memory of the Genius Polish Pianist

The Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina) is dedicated to a cultural hero, a source of pride for Warsaw and the whole Polish nation. It represents a wide variety of items that have been collected in the 1930's, while the greatest composer in the history of Poland was still alive.

The museum, considered today one of the more modern museums in Europe, displays items through technological attractions, and showcases the life, history and works of the composer known for the Polonaise, the Minuets and his beloved waltzes. The museum gives a glimpse into the world of one of the most prominent composers of the Romantic period, and visitors feel like Chopin's guests. Visitors can experience the short but impressive course of his life and hear his works in an experiential way.

The museum has collected many items from Chopin's life, the largest Chopin collection in the world, that began being assembled in 1934, and continues to grow today. Over 5,000 items here are connected to Chopin, such as statues, paintings and photos of him, sheet music, letters, authentic trinkets and souvenirs, hand-written documents by Chopin, personal belongings that he used in his daily life, and even his last piano, from the 1940's.

Among the more sentimental items, there are photos of Chopin in his PJ's, photos of his last moments while laying down on his deathbed, curls from the genius's hair, and dried flowers that had been kept from his sickbed.


On Sundays entrance is free.

The museum hosts many concerts and recitals. Take a look at the schedule on the museum website linked below.

A Closer Look at the Museum:


Chopin's Ballade in G minor from the film "The Pianist":


Waltz to Chopin's "Spring":

Goulandris Museum
Goulandris Museum
#About the Museum that Displays Art from the Cycladic Islands

The Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art is a museum that presents mostly the ancient art of the people of the Cycladic Islands. These are Greek Islands located in the Aegean Sea, these comprise of more than 200 islands, their art is interesting and unique to its era.

The archeological finds here demonstrate the quality of the ancient Cycladic culture, who, from 3200 BC up to 2000 BC flourished on these islands. The findings here include about 200 objects from a couple of collectors named Nicolas and Aikaterini Goulandris. The museum, as you probably understand, is named after this couple.

The Cycladic collections, the most important in the museum, mainly include stone figures, stone utensils, and ceramics from the 3rd century BC. The main features are the Cycladic statues, recognized by their white body figures and their angular faces, without eyes.

The four floors of the museum are divided by periods, and only some of the floors are dedicated to art from the Cycladic Islands. The upper floors include ancient Greek art and reliefs from the former civilizations of Cyprus.

In the museum you can see Greek Amphorae and vases, ancient and beautiful that usually include drawn figures in the colors red and black. Near them you can see cylindrical stone beads from the 4th century BC, ceramic jars from the 13th century BC, a two-neck drinking container from Cyprus from the 3rd century BC, and more.

If you will exit to the beautiful garden you will see, adjacent to the beautiful museum building the Stathatos Mansion. This building is designed in the neo-classical style at the end of the 19th century, by the famous architect Ernst Ziller. Today this is a wing in the museum, where the museum offices are located, and also hosts some temporary exhibits.


Entrance for anyone under the age of 19, or anyone with disabilities enters for free.

On Mondays, entrance is free to all visitors.

Souvenirs at the souvenir shop in the museum are very expensive. You can purchase imitations of Cycladic sculptures at a much lower price at souvenir shops in the Plaka district.

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Muzeum Historii ydw Polskich
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
#About the Museum Named Poland

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich), also known as the Polish Museum, is a museum that tells the history of the Jews in Poland, from the first immigration to Poland, to present day.

The museum was built in what was the only area in the former Jewish Quarter that was left without construction. Here, in the past, the Warsaw Ghetto was situated, right at the site where the Judenrat headquarters stood during the war. It is right next to Anielewicz Street and opposite the monument of the sculptor Nathan Rapaport, in memory of the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Even if the museum dedicates a significant part to the Holocaust, it also deals quite a bit with other periods in the history of the connection between the Jews and Poland. In fact, the museum tells about the history of Polish Jewry, starting in the 13th century, and does it right through innovative technology that creates interest.

Although it has an interactive part, which offers activities with computer screens, the museum is not really intended for young children.

#Museum Exhibits

The museum has a permanent exhibition that presents 1,000 years of Jewish history, formerly the largest Jewish community in the world.

The permanent exhibition is divided into 8 spaces representing different historical periods, beginning with the Middle Ages of Polish Jewry, the Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Union, the Second Polish Republic, the Holocaust and the postwar period.

Here are the museum's wings:

Forest - the escape of the Jews from persecution in Western Europe to Poland, which was the largest house for Jews in Europe.

Middle Ages- the first Jewish settlers in Poland. Descriptions of Abraham ben Jacob, from the 10th century of the Polish state under the first ruler of Yashko, the first ruler of Poland.

Golden Age - in the 15th and 16th centuries, the rich culture of Polish Jewry, which enjoyed religious tolerance, and developed. It ended with the pogroms of the Khmelnytsky revolt, which is represented as a symbolic flame of fire.

Towards a State - In the 17th and 18th centuries, typical suburbs develope near cities with a Jewish majority.

Modernity - Polish Jewry divided in the 19th century succeeds in the industrial revolution in Poland, developing and meeting modern anti-Semitism, which will accompany them from here.

The Street - Between the two world wars, the second golden age of Polish Jewry was created, and a developed Jewish culture was created in Poland.

Holocaust - the horrors of the Holocaust, which puts the Jews of Warsaw in Ghettos and annihilates 90% of Polish Jewry.

Post-War - after 1945, with the departure of most Holocaust survivors from Poland, the Soviet takeover and the anti-Semitic campaign sponsored by the Communist authorities, until the end of communism and the revival of the small Jewish community in Poland.


Admission to the museum on Thursdays is free.

Entrance is until 4:00 pm.

The tour lasts about two hours.

A Closer Look at the Museum:

Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
The National Museum in Warsaw
#About Poland's Main Art Museum

The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie) presents a huge number of items, approximately 830,000, and a variety of exhibitions dealing with ancient Egyptian art, early Egyptian art, medieval art, decorative art and more. The museum also has a number of exhibits related to Jewish culture and history.

Among the items you can see here are paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, coins and more. The museum was originally founded in 1862 and is now considered one of the oldest museums in the country. It has 7 permanent exhibitions and quite a few changing exhibitions.

The museum's large building was built in the early 1930's in an Italian Fascist style. In the courtyard, you will be greeted by the museum fountain. Many visitors come to the museum every day, including schoolchildren and students.

Be sure to pay particular attention to the museum's real gem, the work of Polish national artist Jan Matyko, "The Battle of Grunewald," of 1878, which describes the Polish victory over the Teutons. You cannot miss the painting because of its sheer size, about ten meters wide and about four meters high.


On Thursdays, entrance is free between 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

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Free Days

Acquario Civico di Milano
Civic Aquarium of Milan
#The Civic Aquarium of Milan

The Civic Aquarium of Milan (Acquario Civico di Milano) is situated near the Sempione Park, it is an aquarium with a large variety of fish, tropical fish, amphibians, freshwater fish, sharks and marine life, such as various kinds of crabs and sea turtles. They were gathered from the depths of the sea near Italy, from all over the Mediterranean and from all over the world.

The aquarium is one of the largest in Italy. Dozens of large aquariums and ponds where different species of fish are displayed from different corners of the world. There are rare fish brought from seas far away, like the Red Sea. A transparent tunnel allows visitors to see all the fish and sea creatures on all sides and it simulates walking deep in the sea.

A special experience to see in the aquarium in Milan is how they feed the various animals and to receive guidance and explanations about the lives of the various water creatures.

The Milan Aquarium opened in 1906, in honor of the World Fair that took place in the city. This makes it the third oldest aquarium in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.


Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month, and on Tuesdays from 2 pm.

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Huntington Library
Huntington Library
#About the Library that is Not Really Just a Library

In 1903, Henry Huntington bought a large and active farm in San Marino. After his death it became the Huntington Library, a real institution in Los Angeles. This is a rare combination of a wonderful library, a charming art museum, a stunning furniture collection and great botanical gardens.

The library contains, among other things, a fascinating collection of ancient books, rare translations, manuscripts, special editions and antiques, which every book lover will enjoy seeing.

There are books from different periods - from the Middle Ages through 19th century literature. They are divided into three sections - astronomy books, physics books, and in a common hall - books of biology and medicine, some of them filled with charming illustrations, as was popular in the second half of the 20th century.

The museum features works by European artists from the 18th and 19th centuries and a plethora of American art from the 17th century to modern American art. There is also a scientific display of ideas that changed the world and more.

The furniture shown here is from the rich and diverse collection of furniture by Charles and Henry Green. Apart from the furniture you can see here, are chandeliers, lamps, carpets and more.

In the museum's famous botanical gardens you can enjoy a charming range of over 14,000 trees and a variety of wonderful plants and flowers and landscaped gardens. Pay particular attention to the desert garden, the Chinese Garden and the spectacular Japanese Garden. They cover an area of ​​120 acres. Apart from these gardens and the Zen garden, there are many landscaped gardens, including a Shakespearean garden, a rose garden, an Australian garden, an herb garden and even a miniature jungle with tiny bonsai trees.


On the first Thursday of every month the entrance is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance on the site below.

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A Stroll Through the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens:

Museo Sorolla
Museo Sorolla
#About the Museum at the House of the Artist

Museo Sorolla is dedicated to one of the greatest painters of Spain from the 20th century. It is located in the house of the artist himself. On the main floor of the museum you can also see Sorolla's studio.

Sorolla, of the greatest painters in Spain in the 20th century, received his fame thanks to a series of beautiful paintings, some great portraits, historical paintings, and landscapes. Diversity is also in the style and character of these paintings.

Though the collection is displayed in the house of Sorolla and shows mostly his works, there are also works in the fields of sculptor, ceramics, design, furniture, and jewelry. Outside the house you can see the nice gardens where the artist himself lived during his last years.


On Sundays entrance is free.

Entrance is free for anyone under the age of 18, and adults older than 65 years old.

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Art that Can Be Seen Here:

Museo de America
Museo de America
#About the Musem for American Cultures

The impressive two-story museum, built of all red bricks, is the Museo de America. This museum is organized by categories, dedicated to the cultures that were on the American continent, until Spain reached them.

Some see an irony in a museum by the empire that destroyed ancient and advanced cultures, and now boasts about the achievements of exactly those cultures. It has to be said that next to the impressive displays of archeological and ethnographic findings, there is an impressive survey of the complicated past and the history of Spain and the tribes that ruled America for many years.

In the museum there are many views of the different cultures and tribes of America. Over 2,500 items are displayed in the two floors of the museum, with information, models, maps, and different orienting factors. The division and display here include the historical aspect, geographical, religious, artistic, and cultural.

Some of the displayed items are very impressive. From the painting "Conquering of Mexico" from the 17th century, and the cultural treasures of Los Quimbayas, that the Spanish took from Columbia. The stone plates of the Maya, and the manuscript of Cortesano, that is considered a rare manuscript from the Maya culture, and a highly important historical item.


Entrance on Sundays is free of charge.

A Closer Look:


A 360-Degree Visit to the Museum:


Zeus Olympios
Temple of Olympian Zeus
#About the Remains of the Impressive Temple for Zeus

When the Temple of Olympian Zeus was completed, it was larger than the Parthenon on the Acropolis, and was considered the biggest temple in Ancient Greece. Today there are only 15 columns visible, but they are still impressive and give a sample to the size and grandeur of the temple.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus went through many stages of construction and pauses. Its building began in the year 515 BC, and was completed in the 2nd century AD, during the Roman rule. According to those architectural times, the temple had 104 impressive Corinthian columns, tall and fancy.

Like the Arch of Hadrian nearby, the Temple of Olympian Zeus owes its completion for the visit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in Athens, during the Roman rule over Greece. And so the building was complete right before his historic visit.

Today, visitors at the site can see mostly the remains of the massive buildings, and imagine how it looked in the old days, a structure that was larger than the Parthenon, and the largest temple in all of Greece.

In the area around of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, are a number of monumental and historic building, like the Arch of Hadrian, 18 meters tall, was also erected for the visit of Hadrian in Athens, the public Roman Bath House, and a few Roman temples.

#The History of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The building of the Temple of Olympian Zeus began during the reign of Peisistratus around the year 515 BC. Initially, for a few years, the building was going smoothly and without issues. However pretty soon the building was halted, when Hippias, son of the tyrant, was exiled.

More than 300 years later, in 175 BC, the work continued. This was during the rule of the Hellenistic Syrian King, Antiochus IV Epiphanes. For the planning of the temple, the Roman architect was appointed, Cossutius. However, 11 years later when Antiochus died, the building was halted once more.

Again 300 years passed, until, before Hadrian's visit to Athens in the 2nd century, the building was completed. This is when the temple was dedicated to Olympian Zeus.

Researchers are certain that an earthquake started the deterioration of the temple, at a later period. In the Middle Ages and in later periods, the temple was torn apart, with many of its stones being taken and used elsewhere.

#Architecture of the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The original dimensions of the Temple of Olympian Zeus were 96 by 40 meters. Out of the 104 original columns, 15 are left standing, and one laying on the ground. The size of the columns are a little over 17 meters, with a 2-meter circumference.

Originally, these columns surrounded a central inner room where large statues were located. The marble inside that was used for the building of the temple was brought from Mount Pentelus.


In the last week of September, the entrance is free.

On Sundays between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free.

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Another Look:


Maybe this is How it Once Looked:

Dionysus Theater
#About the Ruins of the European Theater on the Foothills of the Acropolis

On the southern foothills of the Acropolis is the Dionysus Theater, and not far away is another theater, of Herodes Atticus.

When the Dionysus Theater was built, in the 4th century BC, it was built instead of an older theater that stood here. Today, only 20 rows have survived, less than a third of the original amount, which was 64 rows. In ancient times, this was a place to come and see plays, the theater could fit about 15,000 people, and it is estimated that about 17,000 would sit here at one point.

The Dionysus Theater had a role in the history of theater. Right here, in the ancient theater over which it was built, the greatest Greek classic dramas were performed, by Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes. In the first rows used to sit the city's dignitaries, and here some of the most famous plays were performed.

In the Roman period a new stage was built here, and even a paved area for a band. If you look through the rows of the ancient theater, you will find a seat that is decorated differently from the rest, in one of the first rows of the theater. This was the seat for the Priest of Dionysus, during the Roman rule of Athens.

The theater in the past had a covered roof made of wood, that seems to have been damaged during a fire. Either way, today both ancient theaters are used for open-air concerts, under the bright sky.


The same entry ticket can also be used for the Acropolis and a number of other sites, besides the Dionysus Theater, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the National Archaeological Museum, and more.

The entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month, except during tourist season (July-September), they the free entrance is actually on the second Sunday of every month. Also, every Sunday between November 1st and March 31st the entrance is also free.

#Opening Hours

Summer months - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Winter months - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Ancient Agora
#About the Market Area and the Political Center of Ancient Athens

The Ancient Agora was a market, and the main political center of ancient Athens. Here were the main merchant stores in Athens, and here big events in history occurred.

In the Agora, the center of social, cultural and political life of the city, where the schools of the biggest philosophers. One of them was lead by Socrates, and where Paul the Apostle lectured about Christianity in 49 BC. Here the famous Athens democracy was born, and nearby were theaters where the Greek tragedies evolved, the parents and grandparents of plays and movies, up to this day.

One of the main locations in the Agora, north of the Acropolis and west of Plaka, is the Hephaisteion Temple, dedicated to the Greek god of blacksmiths. This temple was built in 449 BC and is the best-preserved temple in Athens.

Not far, you can see the Stoa of Attalos, and the Church of the Holy Apostles, built in the 11th century, in dedication to Paul the Apostle.

In the museum in the Ancient Agora you can see many findings from the market throughout the years.

#What is the Greek Agora?

The Agora in Ancient Greece was a place where the locals gathered, and those from elsewhere, like all main cities of the time, to shop, tour, gossip, and hear the news.

In the Greek Agora, between shopping and conversations, assemblies and preaching, ideas were always being starts, fights, and makeups. Here was the center of town, and the main place where you can reach interesting people.


The entrance ticket into the Acropolis, beyond entrance into all the sites at the location, also a few other sites in the area, like the Acropolis, the Museum of Archeology of Karamissos, and more.

Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month. During the tourist season (July-September), entrance is actually free on the second Sunday of each month. Additionally, between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free on every Sunday of the month.

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Benaki Museum
#About the Museum of History and Culture of Greece

The Benaki Museum is a real gem, showing Greece and its historical and cultural development. The museum's collection offers a great view of the history of Greece and covers various aspects of Greek history and culture.

The findings here are presented floor by floor, according to the order of the periods. They begin with the prehistoric and modern times, through the Roman and Byzantine culture and the fall of Constantinople, Greece's struggle for independence and democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present.

There are a wealth of fascinating exhibits, including spectacular and historic mosaics, antique jewelry and a costume exhibition from all over Greece, considered a unique collection.

Founded in 1930 by a Greek collector named Arthur Benaki of Alexandria, the museum is housed in an impressive building with a fine art shop and café, offering a magnificent view of Athens.


On Thursdays the entrance is free, except for the changing exhibitions. Every Wednesday there is a free entrance to the Museum of Islamic Art.

Under 22 - Free entrance.

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Roman Agora of Athens
#About the Roman Agora

The Roman Agora of Athens, or the Roman Forum as it is sometimes called, is located near the tower of spirits in the ancient Agora. This agora was built by the Romans who ruled here, as a continuation of the original agora, which, during Roman rule in Athens, became an archaeological garden and a kind of antiquities museum.

As in the ancient Agora, the Roman market here was a center for the city's residents at the time, where a large part of the commercial and social life of the city took place.

The Roman Agora was smaller than the ancient Greek Agora. It was built in 11 BC, in the style of Dori. These were Julius Caesar and other Roman leaders who ruled Athens and built not only their agora but also a number of buildings and monuments in the ancient Agora and the Acropolis.

The market of the Agora was allocated by the Romans a large open area, surrounded by a row of columns. On its eastern side was a boulevard of shops with a fountain on its southern side. The Roman Agora had access to public services.

Unfortunately, it is not possible today to see much of the Roman Agora in Athens, since most of the buildings built there were completely or mostly destroyed. In some cases, they were destroyed in order to build magnificent structures and temples in later periods.


The same entrance ticket is used both for the Acropolis and for the entrance to several other sites in the area, including the ancient agora, the Roman Agora, the archaeological museum of Karameikos and more.

The entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month.

A Closer Look at the Roman Agora of Athens:


What the Agora Seemed to be in Ancient Times:

Wilanów Palace
#About the Luxurious Royal Palace

Wilanów Palace is one of the must-see sites, especially for palace enthusiasts. There are no words, it is truly one of the most beautiful places in Warsaw. Maybe that's why it's considered the local Versailles Palace. Though this is a much smaller palace than Versailles, it is still very impressive and full of grandeur. After all, Wilanów Palace was the King of Poland's summer palace.

The Palace was originally built for the King John III Sobieski, who saved Poland from the Turkish in the 16th century. The building was built between the 17th century, and finished around the 19th century. It was used as a summer palace for the King. After the King's death, the palace was inherited by his sons, and later to a Royal family.

At the beginning of the 19th century, it was the first museum in Poland and displayed artifacts from Italy. Until today there is a collection of Italian items, hunting gear, photos, art pieces, original paintings, furniture, clothing, and more.

Notice the wide gardens around the palace, the traditional Baroque parts, and an English park with Japanese influences. Beyond the park are a lake, a maze, and a few decorative buildings. You are welcome to wander around, and you can rent boats and float around the lake.


On Thursdays entrance into the palace and gardens are free. Anyways, try getting here at least half an hour before opening, get tickets in the yellow stall in front of the entrance, and stand in the line to enter the palace.

Entrance into the palace begins at 3:30 pm.

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A Closer Look at the Palace:

Sforzesco Castle
#The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art Museums

Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers of the city nobility lived in the past.

The magnificent fortress of our time is a 100-year-old reconstruction of the great Renaissance fortress built around 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The Sforza family was one of the prominent aristocratic families living in Renaissance Milan. The castle is named after the family, The Sforzesco Castle.

Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in the design of the building. Some claim that the painter and sculptor Michelangelo was one of the contributors to the design of the magnificent structure of the castle.

In any event, the rulers of the area and the city of Milan once lived in the fortress. Over the 500 years of its existence, it served faithfully the many rulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generations leaving their mark in turn. Its enormous splendor, over time, became a showcase of these nobles, to demonstrate power and prestige.

One of the most famous tenants who lived in the castle was Ludovico Sforza, who was the patron of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. This wealthy nobleman, together with his wife Beatrice, had assembled a rich and magnificent variety of pieces of art and expensive and impeccable furniture in the castle.

And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle, there are now varied and wonderful museums. There are 12 different museums here, which show collections of art based on the works collected here from the previous centuries and were the basis for the huge collection currently displayed in the castle. These are the works of the greatest artists in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

After exploring the majestic citadel and seeing the treasures of the museums, you can go out and breathe fresh air in the inner courtyards of the castle. Wander around the magnificent gardens around it, or head out to the big park surrounding the fort. Some of the stylish and well-kept gardens around it are not just grand gardens, but real botanical gardens, with a huge variety of plants and flowers from all around the world.
What you can see here in the huge fortress are some of the most important museums in Italy. Among them are the Prehistory Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Historical Instruments. Other museums in the castle are the Museum of Pure Art and the Museum of Egyptian Art.

These museums and others expose visitors, among others, to pieces of art made by some of the greatest artists in the history of art, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Do not miss Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo's last masterpiece.

Among other things, you can see frescoes, ancient frescoes, stunning works of art and Renaissance paintings and the Scuola Grande, which is in Pinacoteca. Pay attention to the works of Michelangelo, one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Along with art, there is also an impressive collection of antique items, including furniture, carpets, weapons of war, musical instruments and even Egyptian art.

In the 38 museum halls, you can see one of Italy's most impressive collections of medieval and Renaissance art.


Entrance is free of charge to the castle and gardens. Admission is free for museums, every first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays from 2 pm. On the other days, the entrance to the museum costs about 5 euros, with a 50% discount for students and pensioners. After visiting the castle, you can slip away from the bustle of the city in Parco Sempione, a wonderful green lung, close to here that will allow you to relax after the abundance of museums.

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Milan Natural History Museum
#The Milan Natural History Museum

The Milan Natural History Museum (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), is an interesting museum for the whole family, one of the most important natural history museums in Europe and the largest museum of its kind in Italy.

Within the museum's 23 halls are many exhibits depicting the history of evolution and nature on Earth, zoology and the history of mankind. There are reviews, accompanied by interesting explanations, about the lives of mammals and other species, rocks, minerals, fossils and more.
Many shelves display a huge collection of fossils, various minerals and rare natural materials.

Zoology and the animal world also have a wonderful expression here. It begins with prehistory, a whole hall displays models and skeletons of dinosaurs. In other halls, there are a variety of stuffed animals, including some of the extinct species. There are also skulls and skeletons of different animals, while the highlight of this wing is undoubtedly a giant whale skeleton, 5 meters long.

After visiting the museum, you are welcome to stroll through the green park around it, Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. The park has wonderful lawns and many statues are scattered around it. It also has climbing facilities for children, and on Sundays, they also have an electric carousel, bumper cars and more of the kind. Space lovers are also welcome to visit the planetarium.


Entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month and Tuesdays from 2 pm.

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#About the Acropolis Above the City

You are in one of the most impressive and famous sites in the world, and without a doubt one of the more exciting remains left from the ancient world - the Acropolis. Here, standing tall above the city is a complex for 2,500 years old, full of glory and splendor of the ancient temples.

The name Acropolis means in Greek the Upper City. This is a reinforced hilled that was common in ancient Greece at the time. Actually, the Acropolis was originally used as residential areas for the residents of Athens. Its height and steep cliffs made the Acropolis into a perfect fortress, and protected the citizens against invaders. On the hills the kings would built their castles, and around them lived the commoners. Only when Athens' population grew, slowly people started moving to the foothills of the Acropolis, slowly making it the new religious center of the city. So at the Acropolis, more temples were built for the city.

This is exactly the area you are looking at now - a collection of temples and royal buildings from ancient Athens, where part of the buildings were built during the Roman period, like the library of of Emperor Hadrianus, that was built on the northern side of the Acropolis, in 132 BC

The meaning of the word Acropolis in Greek is - Above the city. See in Guidol's photos, how much the Acropolis of Athens really exemplifies these words.


The entrance ticket into the Acropolis, beyond entrance into all the sites at the location, also a few other sites in the area, like the Ancient Agora, the Museum of Archeology of Kerameikos, and more.

Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month. During tourist season (July-September), entrance is actually free on the second Sunday of each month. Additionally, between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free on every Sunday of the month.

Especially during the sunset, and 159 meters above sea level, the Acropolis is a great view point for the city of Athens, that will be laid out right in front of you.

A View from Above:


MOCA Geffen Contemporary
#About the Small Museum for Contemporary Art

The MOCA Geffen Contemporary, or MOCA Geffen for short, is a small museum. In the past it was called the Contemporary Museum and it is great, especially for modern art enthusiasts.

The MOCA Geffen was planned by the American architect Frank Gehry. It is located in a building that used to be a parking lot for police cars. The museum spaces are huge, and befitting the kinds of installations that are shown here.

The MOCA Geffen shows fascinating collections of modern art and has a wide variety of temporary exhibits that change often. To see when exhibits are showing at the museum visit the museum website attached below.

The entrance to the museum is free every Thursday between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, as well as for children under the age of 12.

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Laberint d'Horta Park
#About the Park with the Maze

The maze park is located near the campus of the University of Barcelona. It was first opened to the public in 1971. The romantic park is built in the Italian style, and around are statues of Greek Mythology figures. It is ancient and historic, and you can see buildings here from the 18th century.

The park is well maintained and taken care of, mostly because this used to be part of the house of a noble family. Good weather and the fresh air pulled the nobility to build summer homes in the area, and vacation here. The size of the original mansion that stood here was 540,000 square meters. The park where you are standing now sits on 73,000 square meters of that land.

In the park is a garden in the neo-Classical style of the Middle Ages. The garden itself is in the style of the 18th century, and the romantic garden in the 19th-century style. In the romantic garden are flower beds, that was shaded by huge and impressive trees. In the gardens are trenches, pools, fountains, waterfalls and a stream. Without a doubt, the main attraction is the large maze, with a statue of Aros in the center, the god of love and passion from Greek Mythology.

In the maze there are 750 meters of Cypresses, walking trails that curve and turn, together these create the maze - for all ages. To succeed in finding your way out of this confusing maze is a challenging feat for adults, no less for children. From the square, there are 8 trails, and only one leads to the exit of the maze. If you managed to find your way out of the mase, you can see the round fountain.

Notice the especially romantic and picturesque canal, the neo-Classical palace and the impressive mansion. There are not many visitors in the area, and you can come here at all times of the day.


On Sundays and Wednesday entrance into the park is free.

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#About the MoMA - Museum of Modern Art

You do not have to be an art enthusiast to tour this art museum. You can come to soak in the atmosphere, enjoy the aesthetics and the nostalgic smell of art. The Museum of Modern Art (referred to as the MoMA), is considered one of the best art museums in the world, and it is highly recommended to visit here.

The idea for establishing this museum came from "The Ladies," three well-standing women, who really wanted to create the largest modern art museum for the residents of New York.

The MoMA, built in the 1930's, was planned by Edward Durell Stone and built by Philip Goodwin. The museum was first opened to visitors in 1929. In the 1950's and 1960's a serious renovation took place here by architect Philip Johnson, who added the wonderful garden with benches. Between the years 2002 and 2004, more renovations took places as the museum doubled its size.

You can find here permanent displays, as well as temporary displays of various themes: design, photography, and sculptures. Among the displays you can see that the museum is not short of first-class art, like Vincent Van Gough's "Starry Night," Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory," Claude Monet's "Water Lilies," Paul Cézanne's "Les Grandes Baigneuses," and more.

In addition to displays, you can arrive daily for screenings of avant-garde, classic American, and European movies.


The entrance is free daily between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. It is a little crowded at this time, so try to get a place at the start of the line.

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New York Hall Of Science
#About the Science Museum for the Children of New York

The New York Hall of Science is located in Queens. This museum is very interactive, whose purpose is to let children's curiosity in science come to life.

In every room and space in the museum there are expert and friendly tour guides, who help children enjoy the place and find all the options offered here. They explain, provoke thought, play with the kids, and provide the opportunity to participate in a variety of interesting activities.

Examples for activities that the museum offers children are the creation of soap animals, getting to know the human eye and how it works, illusions, sculpting with balloons, paper mache, adventures in space, hall of mirrors, 4D theater, golf courses, and many more exciting and enriching activities.

Many parents say that this museum enriches children, while at the same time they really enjoy themselves. Everyone always emphasizes that kids love the Hall of Science, and it is therefore highly recommended.


On Fridays between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and on Sundays between 10:00 am and 11:00 am - the entrance is free.

The museum is intended mostly for children between the ages of 3-12.

An average visit here takes between 3 -5 hours.

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