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Important exchange of exhibitions between Heracleidon Museum and China Museum of Science and Technology


To celebrate the Year of Greek-Chinese Friendship, there will be an exchange of exhibitions between the Museum Herakleidon in Athens and the China Museum of Science and Technology (CMST) in Beijing.

SeismographerThe Museum Herakleidon will present, in both its buildings (16 Herakleidon and 37 Ap. Pavlou, Thissio), the exhibition “Ancient Chinese Science and Technology” of the CMST from September 2017 through January 2018. Meanwhile, the CMST in Beijing will host, from October 2017 through March 2018, the exhibition “EUREKA. Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks”, organized by the Museum Herakleidon in collaboration with the Association of Ancient Greek Technology Studies (AAGTS) and with Mr. Theodosis P. Tasios, professor emeritus of the National Technical University of Athens, President of AAGTS, as scientific consultant.


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The exhibition “Ancient Chinese Science and Technology” will introduce to the Greek public for the first time some of the remarkable technological achievements of the Chinese civilization, which is one of the most ancient. These achievements cover a broad scientific spectrum, from astronomy and navigation to weaving techniques, paper making, printing, seismography, et al., and will be presented through the models of a variety of inventions. Moreover, visitors will have the unique opportunity to watch demonstrations of ancient Chinese weaving techniques, traditional methods of paper making and printing, and others.

The exhibition “EUREKA. Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks” will present for the first time at the CMST in Beijing the most representative of the ancient Greek technological accomplishments in areas such as shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, communications, building, the arts, and others, through original models and visual materials. Significant among the exhibits will be the operational reproduction of the Antikythera Mechanism, at triple the size of the original, made of plexiglass, bronze and aluminum, which will be constructed specifically for the Museum Herakleidon, in collaboration with the research team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the scientific counsel of professors Dr. Kyriakos Efstathios and Dr. John Seiradakis. Furthermore, the exhibition will include two reproductions of historical ancient Greek shipwrecks, courtesy of the Museum of Navigation and Marine Arts of the Aegean and the Municipality of Samos.

The exhibitions are organized under the auspice of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs’ Department of Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports and Culture, and the Hellenic Chinese Chamber.

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation is the main Communications Sponsor.











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