The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013. The main objective of the Museum is the promotion and protection of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.
The visit to the Museum includes a museum path with 13 stops in specific areas of the factory. The museum path tour helps the visitor follow the gas production line, admire the mechanical equipment and the old machinery, learn about the role played by the management and workers of the factory, find out about the work conditions and become familiar with terms such as industrial heritage and archaeology.
The Museum has a rich collection of photographs and archive material as well as audiovisual material, including short films and recorded interviews of factory workers and residents of the area. The museum’s collection is further enriched with items from the factory itself as well as interactive applications.
The Industrial Gas Museum is the first industrial museum in Athens. It supplements the museum maps of Athens and highlights one of the few surviving industrial heritage monuments of the city.
The collection of the Industrial Gas Museum includes a large number of devices connected with coal gas (gas meters, cookers, water heaters, etc.) as well as items from the factory itself.
A large portion of the museum objects has been digitized and it is presented to the public for the first time in the Museum’s digital collection.
Touring the museum grounds, the visitor enjoys a meaningful experience of the rich industrial heritage of Athens. Visitors follow the gas production line and see the preserved machinery and equipment of the old gasworks.
They learn about the work conditions in the old plant through film projections and interviews of workers, and get to know the role businessmen played in the 19th century. Furthermore, the interactive applications of the museum offer visitors an experiential approach to the gasworks and its operation .