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Happy World Philosophy Day!
Happy World Philosophy Day!

The word philosophy comes from the Greek word φιλοσοφία, which means the “love of wisdom.” Today philosophy refers to the academic discipline concerned with the fundamental questions about existence, the nature of knowledge, and ethics. The origins of Western philosophy are in ancient Greece. For those first Greek philosophers, the fundamental question of philosophy was “What does it mean to live a good life?” It is the first question of scientific inquiry, of humanistic learning, and of artistic expression. It is a question that we should all still be asking ourselves today.

On World Philosophy Day, the National Hellenic Museum encourages you to ask yourself, “What does it mean to live a good life?” And share your answer with us on social media!
A new video, "World Philosophy Day with Katie & Cairo" is available now on YouTube!

In this video NHM Resident Scholar Dr. Katherine Kelaidis and Manager of Special Events Cairo Dye discuss the history of philosophy, some philosophies they find personally meaningful, and how philosophy functions in their own lives.

Visitors to NHM exhibitions and tours are invited to interact hands-on with culture and to reflect about making their own place in history. The legacy of Hellenism lives on through active learning at the Museum!


NHM has developed a variety of online educational content, including online videos and our first digital exhibition, Snapshot of Life: The George Phillos Photograph Collection.


NHM members receive benefits all year long. Enjoy free admission, discounts to programs and lectures, a membership gift and much more.

National Hellenic Museum
333 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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$7 Children 3 and up