The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (ILJM) is the only jewelry museum in Greece. Its cultural and educational mission is devoted to the promotion of ancient and contemporary silver and goldsmithery, studio jewelry and the traditional decorative arts. The Museum strives to act as an international center for the continuation of traditional crafts, especially the ancient art of silver and goldsmithery.

The ILJM opened its doors to the public in 1994. The impetus behind the formation of the ILJM was the need to house and display over 4,500 original designs of jewelry and microsculpture created by Greek designer, academician and entrepreneur Ilias Lalaounis (1920-2013) in a contemporary establishment. The visitor’s experience is a live educational demonstration of the history of art, with audiovisual material and hands on experience. The Museum houses the founder’s extensive archive, which dates from 1940 and encompasses models, drawings, photo archives, and old goldsmithery tools and machinery.  The research library is the richest in Greece with jewelry publications; it includes art publications, periodicals, auction catalogues, and art history publications.

Lectures, seminars, workshops for children and adults, specially designed guided tours, programs for disabled individuals and activities for underprivileged youth are an inextricable part of the ILJM’s agenda. Cultural events have been organized and carried out to introduce the public to the wonders of archaeology, art history and the essence of the decorative arts.

In-house exhibitions focus on international museum jewelry and decorative arts collections such as Argentinian silver, Murano Glass, French Boxes of the 19th c., Pocket Watches from the 16th century until today, Scandinavian contemporary jewelry; private collections such as Ethnic jewelry from North Africa and Asia, American Costume jewelry, Rare Lighters, Greek Traditional Bullet Cases and many more unique works of art. Works from the Museum’s storage form important retrospective traveling exhibitions at such musuems as Pushkin Museum, Onassis Foundation New York, and National Museum of Art of Romania. Individual works from the permanent collections travel often to international museum exhibitions. The ILJM curatorial department also designs new exhibitions of decorative arts to be presented in Athens with the option to travel internationally such as Highlights: Haute Couture and Historic Jewelry.

Address

Kallisperi 12 & Karyatidon St,
11742 Athens, Greece

Contact

Email: ioannalalaounis@lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr
Phone: +30 210-9221044

Find out more about ILJM's Ioanna Lalaounis by reading their 2016 interview on AJF.

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Exterior view of the Museum from Karyatidon Street
Exterior view of the Museum from Karyatidon Street, photo: ILJM
Exterior view of the Museum from Kallisperi & Karyatidon Streets
Exterior view of the Museum from Kallisperi & Karyatidon Streets, photo: ILJM
Dimitris Agapakis (Head of Security), Eleni Mastora (Head of Administration) and Isidoros Aggelidis (Exhibitions Set Up Assistan
Dimitris Agapakis (Head of Security), Eleni Mastora (Head of Administration) and Isidoros Aggelidis (Exhibitions Set Up Assistant), photo: ILJM
Athina Rigatou, Curator of Educational Programs
Athina Rigatou, Curator of Educational Programs, photo: ILJM
Goldsmith during Museum Educational Program.  At the goldsmith’s bench, students are introduced to ancient and modern goldsmithe
Goldsmith during Museum Educational Program. At the goldsmith’s bench, students are introduced to ancient and modern goldsmithery techniques, as well as tools used in the Lalaounis workshop from 1940 until today, photo: ILJM
View of the Permanent Collection Section II
View of the Permanent Collection Section II, photo: ILJM
View of the Permanent Collection Section III
View of the Permanent Collection Section III, photo: ILJM
View of the Permanent Collection Section IV
View of the Permanent Collection Section IV, photo: ILJM
Temporary exhibition space. View of the exhibition “The Value of Time: Pocket Watches from Greek Collections 17th – 20th century
Temporary exhibition space. View of the exhibition “The Value of Time: Pocket Watches from Greek Collections 17th – 20th century”, photo: ILJM
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
Exterior view of the Museum from Karyatidon Street
Exterior view of the Museum from Kallisperi & Karyatidon Streets
Dimitris Agapakis (Head of Security), Eleni Mastora (Head of Administration) and Isidoros Aggelidis (Exhibitions Set Up Assistan
Athina Rigatou, Curator of Educational Programs
Goldsmith during Museum Educational Program.  At the goldsmith’s bench, students are introduced to ancient and modern goldsmithe
View of the Permanent Collection Section II
View of the Permanent Collection Section III
View of the Permanent Collection Section IV
Temporary exhibition space. View of the exhibition “The Value of Time: Pocket Watches from Greek Collections 17th – 20th century