Discover the Industrial Gas Museum
Learn what the Old Athens Gasworks has to say, come closer to the factory’s odors, listen to the workers’ stories, get in touch with the old machinery that provided the city with lighting and energy. Find out more about the Industrial Gas Museum through a path of 13 stops and 6 buildings.
1. The Control RoomMaking the night into… a day!
2. Old Retorts (Stop 3-4)Something is baked…
3. New RetortsSomething new is baked…
The city is lit up
The Control RoomAn underground pipes network distributed the gas from the Gasworks to the whole city. The first streets that were lit up were the Syggrou Av, the Pireos Str., Kolokynthous and Ermou Str. Later on, the network was expanded with some other stations in Kallithea, Zografou and Patissia. This network is still visible in the city’s historical centre as it is partly used for the distribution of natural gas.
Workers, the soul of the Gasworks
Old Retorts (Stop 3-4)In the retorts there were three different workers’ positions: the stokers loaded the retorts with coal using a scoop, a large mechanical shovel that could move to all directions with the help of a portal crane. The cokers put the coke on the combustion space, set the fire and heated the retorts whereas the coke extinguishers were the ones that emptied the retorts and took the wagons that were loaded with hot coke out to the courtyard and doused them with water. The workers had frequent breaks due to the suffocating environment in the retorts. In fact, all works were performed with open doors.
Wagons and rails in the Gasworks?
New RetortsIn 1875, Paul Decauville, a French farmer, had trouble harvesting his crops due to the mud from the rainwater so he came up with a network of narrow gauge, light 60-centimetres railways with small wagons. The following years he founded a plant which manufactured these rail innovations, which were ever since known as Decauville petit trains and were used at many industrialized countries, including Greece and the Athens Gasworks. The rail tracks are still visible if one looks carefully to the ground. On these tracks, the little wagons full of coal were rolling back and forth, from the retorts to the courtyard.
Industrial Gas Museum, Technopolis City of Athens
The Industrial Gas Museum opened its doors to the public in 2013 to promote and protect of the old Athens Gasworks plant, an industrial heritage monument that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years.
|Address||100 Pireos, 11854, Gazi|
|Opening hours||Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun: 10:00-20:00 (last admittance: 19:15), Thu: 10:00-21:00 (last admittance: 20:15)|
|Additional admission||General admission: 1€|
|Comments||Enter from Persefonis st. (Bus: 049, 815, 838, 914, B18, Γ18, 21, Kerakeikos metro station)|
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This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
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