Tobacco 101: Notes on Oriental Tobacco

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If you’re interested in learning more about the history of tobacco and its important role in the history of Greece, we recommend a visit to Tobacco 101: Notes on Oriental Tobacco, an exhibition being staged in the main building of the Benaki Museum.

The exhibition highlights the commercial importance of Greek tobaccos, long regarded as among the best in the world, which are one of the country’s most valuable exports.

The exhibition covers the history of tobacco, explaining the various techniques used for hanging and curing the tobacco leaves, outlining the construction of the tobacco warehouses in northern Greece, and offering examples of the exquisite snuff boxes and cigarette cases that can be found in Athens and Thessaloniki.

As tobacco played an important part in the shaping of various social classes, and helped trigger the emergence of workers’ movements, the industry can also claim a large role in the development of such cities as Kavala, Drama, Xanthi and Thessaloniki.

Benaki Museum – Main Building

Additional Info

Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
End Date: Sunday, 31 August 2014
Categories: Exhibitions
Phone: 210 36 71 000

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