Besides the usual suspects, Athens has plenty of sights that appeal to less conventional tastes. From the sublime to the shocking, here are five unusual museums in Athens where you can explore the capital’s lesser-known cultural curiosities.

By Cordelia Madden Canellopoulou

Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

View of the idiophones exhibition.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Courtesy: Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

"Here, attendants would rub, scrub, exfoliate, sluice, shave and apply henna to bathers."

Bath House of the Winds

Hellenic Motor Museum

Courtesy: Hellenic Motor Museum

A mock-up of how political prisoners lived at the Ai Stratis museum.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Political Exile Museum