Herakleidon Museum (GR) A Project of H | KBFUS Funds
An interactive center for popularized science.
The Museum Herakleidon organizes exhibitions with special focus on Art, Science and Mathematics. It offers hands on activities supported by strong education programs which resulted in more than 18,000 students attending classes last year.
The Museum Herakleidon started in 2004 as a museum of art exhibiting important artists such as M.C. Escher, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edward Munch, Edgar Degas and others. The inspiration for this endeavor comes from the founders Paul and Anna-Belinda Firos.
During the first decade of its operation (2004-2014), the museum focused on the fine arts ("Experience in Visual Arts") and to this end organized exhibitions of the works of important artists (M.C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, Carol Wax, Constantine Xenakis, Adolf Luther, Francesco Scavullo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Sol LeWitt et al.). At the same time, a variety of cultural happenings (seminars, workshops, musical and literary events etc.) enabled visitors to experience directly the essence of the artists' vision.
As our educational program gained recognition from students and teachers alike, it was expanded from originally one class per week to several classes per day. Today the Museum Herakleidon has evolved into an interactive center for popularized science. Based on its philosophy of Science, Art, and Mathematics, it continues to provide original educational STEM programs for students, teachers and adults. After receiving the approval from the Ministry of Education, the program was expanded to include public sector schools.
Eventually, the museum changed course and was transformed in the first Hands-On center for STEAM (science, art and mathematics) classes. Under the supervision of two University professors who prepare the curriculum every year and a group of university graduates delivering the material, each two-hour class focuses on a specific topic in coordination with the class' home teachers. In 2014 the museum inaugurated its Annex, a neoclassical building nearby, and resumed its exhibition program increasingly focusing on technological subjects.
It has now been decided that as of June 2018 the Annex will become an independent museum dedicated to Ancient Greek Technology exhibiting the achievements of Ancient Greek inventors and their impact on the development of Western Civilization.
The Museum's stated goal is to offer its highly acclaimed STEAM classes to the underprivileged children attending school districts deeply affected by the current economic crisi whose parents cannot afford the basic enrollment costs. Donations cover the cost of transportation to and from the schools by bus, a meal and a two-hour class delivered by university graduates.
To contribute to this program please mention STEAM with your donation.
Alternative ways to give:
For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of the Herakleidon Museum" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (212) 713 7660.