An exhibition at the National Historical Museum of Athens kicked off on Tuesday with key events from the 1821 Greek War of Independence depicted using Greek Playmobil figurines and accessories.

Among the historical figures depicted are Laskarina Bouboulina – the first female to be posthumously named admiral for her war services – as well as Greek Generals Theodoros Kolokotronis and Markos Botsaris, pre-eminent leaders of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, and Filiki Eteria, the secret organisation founded in 1814 in Odessa whose purpose was to overthrow the Ottoman rule of Greece and establish an independent Greek state.

The museum collaborated with Playmobil collectors to create the display, that features more than 20 fascinating Playmobil dioramas and 3D scenery.

Efthymia Papaspyrou, head of the National Historical Museum, said that “events do not change but the time that passes changes the way we view and project them.”

Using Playmobil was just a “fresh” way to challenge our perceptions of the past and get more people interested in what happened 200 years ago.

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The museum’s curators, art historian Natasa Kastritis, archaeologist Panayiota Panaritis and historian Regina Katsimardou, enjoyed working on the display.

“This is the first time in Greece an attempt was made to depict the 1821 Greek War of Independence with Playmobils and dioramas, and the first time an exhibition like this is shown in such a museum. We were impressed when we discovered the possibilities Playmobil offers in 3D installations,” said Kastritis.

Visitors can search for specific heroes, play entertaining board games, and even virtually launch a naval attack against a Turkish two-decker ship, all made possible by a special interactive activity booklet handed out at the museum’s entrance.

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The exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, and will run until May 2020.

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