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THE MUSEUM

VISION

The Maria Callas Museum is a remarkable tribute to the extraordinary life and achievements of the renowned opera singer. It belongs to the category of historical/biographical and performing arts museums, and its mission is to share the brilliance of the legendary opera singer’s work with audiences in Greece and beyond.

The museum and its permanent exhibition aim to achieve several objectives, including:

  • Showcasing the unique art and technique of Maria Callas.
  • Exploring her true personality and dispelling any myths or misconceptions about her.
  • Explaining what made her unique.
  • Inspiring younger generations.
  • Collecting, preserving, maintaining and interpreting tangible and intangible items related to Maria Callas.
  • Serving as a hub for the musical education of different age groups by implementing a museum-educational strategy
  • Creating a welcoming environment for everyone, including members of the public and the research community, with no bias or prejudice.
  • Encouraging partnerships, contributions, and loans from institutions and private individuals.

The exhibition

The tour begins in the foyer of the second floor, where you can explore individual rooms that capture the ambience of Maria Callas’ three famous operas, “Norma”, “Tosca”, and “La Traviata”. Furthermore, you can explore the masterclasses she facilitated at the esteemed Juilliard School in the bustling metropolis of New York. As you make your way to the first floor, prepare to be immersed in the captivating life story of the renowned artist. The exhibition thoughtfully showcases various milestones of her journey, from her formative years to her final moments. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the individuals who influenced and guided her along the way, including her esteemed teachers and mentors.

FROM THE COLLECTION TO THE MUSEUM

2000
2000
The first items were acquired at an international auction in Paris by the municipality of Athens. The collection is now permanently housed in Athens' Technopolis.
2002 - 2005
2002 - 2005
Access to the collection is permitted upon request.
2009 - 2010
2009 - 2010
New items are added to the original collection through loans and donations. A new exhibition is planned.
2011
2011
It is decided to create the Maria Callas Museum by the Municipality of Athens. (G. Kaminis as mayor).
2014
2014
The presentation of the museological/museographic summary study is presented at Mitropoleos 44 by Erato Koutsoudaki-Gerolymbou, Andromachi Gazi and Alexandros Harkiolakis.
2019
2019
A small exhibition with objects from the collection of the Municipality of Athens ``Maria Kallas`` is presented at the Olympia Municipal Music Theatre ``Maria Kallas``.
2021
2021
The municipality of Athens (under the mayorship of K. Bakoyannis) grants the building at Mitropoleos 44 as the building that will host the Maria Callas Museum and thus the work of its construction begins. The project has been undertaken by the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens.
2023
2023
The Municipality of Athens inaugurates the world's first Maria Callas Museum at 44 Mitropoleos Street.

COLLECTORS / ARCHIVES / INSTITUTIONS

The Museum exhibits objects and all kinds of evidence that do not belong exclusively to the municipality of Athens but are loans and donations from various cultural organizations/ institutions, individuals, museums, television media and radio stations, to the Maria Callas Museum, such as:

GREEK INSTITUTIONS

Ministry of Culture and Sports, Maria Callas Greek Society, Greek National Opera, Athens Conservatoire, National Conservatory of Athens, Atheneum Conservatoire, “Friends of Music” Association, “Lilian Voudouri” Music Library, ERT Archive, SKAI, National Library of Greece, Benaki Museum.

GREEK INDIVIDUALS

“Konstantinos and Victoria Pylarinou”, “Eleni Danielidou – Skourli”, “Lydia Onassis”, “Nikos Charalampopoulos” and others.

FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS

Teatro alla Scala, Getty Images, Warner Classics, Victoria & Albert Museum, Metropolitan Opera, The Dallas Opera House, Arena di Verona, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, CBS, ORTF (Institut national de l’audiovisuel), Biki Archive Jacques Reynaud – Università degli Studi di Milano (MIC), Royal Opera House Collection

FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS

Cosimo Capanni & Allegri Renzo, etc.

GOVERNING BODY (TECHNOPOLIS)

Technopolis has undertaken the implementation of the Maria Callas Museum project, the organization and coordination of the individual work groups (study and implementation) and the handling of all the necessary procedures and tasks for its delivery. It will also manage the operation of the new museum for the next 5 years.

THE TEAM

The first Maria Callas Museum is the result of many years of research and work by leading professionals. The study team consists of Andromachi Gazi, Professor of Museology at Panteion University, Erato Koutsoudaki, Architect – Museologist and Alexandros Harkiolakis, Director of the Friends of Music Association.

 

The Technopolis work/support team consists of Konstantinos Bitzanis, Managing Director of Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, Maria Florou, Industrial Museum Sector Manager, Despina Andriopoulou, Cultural Manager -Museologist, Music, Niovi Andrioti, Museologist – Communication Scientist and Gregory Gaitanaros, Civil Engineer.

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Friday: 10:00-21:00

MITROPOLEOS 44, 105 63 ATHENS – GREECE
info@mariacallasmuseum.gr
+30 210 44 04 204


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