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Acropolis Museum
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The Acropolis Museum is located under the Acropolis rock at the south part. This area housed Makrygiannis military camp. The museum is surrounded by the streets Dionusiou Aeropagitou, Makrygianni, Hatzichristou and Mitseon. The main entrance is at the pedestrian area in D. Aeropagitou and the secondary ones are at the pedestrian area in Makrygianni and at Chatzichristou.

The museum was constructed in order to house the findings from the wider archaeological site of Acropolis that cover a large period, from the Mycenaean period up to the Roman and the Early-Christian Times. It constitutes an architectural model for the Greek standards and is one of the top museums worldwide because of the significant exhibited items and its architecture too.

The fact that the International Arts Committee has listed the Acropolis Museum at the top 100 most popular Mediterranean destinations grounds its significant place in the World’s Cultural Map!

Short History
The first museum that hosted the findings from the Acropolis rock was constructed in the period 1865-1874, southeastern from the Parthenon. The findings from the excavations of 1890 that included sculptures having destroyed during the 2nd Persian invasion, created the need for the museum’s extension. Consequently, a small building was added to the east side (1888).
In the World War II the majority of the exhibited items were kept in the basement of the Archaeological Museum (until 1946). In 1953 the museum’s restoration and extension projects started but soon after the need for a bigger facility arose that could house all the already existing and the future findings.
This need had became an absolutely necessity since 1974 and after some unsuccessful contests (1976, 1979, 1989) the first prize was given to the French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi (after an International contest in 2000). The New Museum was completed in 2009; it was inaugurated on July 20, 2009 and opened its doors to the public on July 21st of the same year.

Melina Mercouri has been strongly linked with the museum and is an exceptionally historical personality known for her strong request to the British Museum to return the marbles from the Parthenon back in Greece.

Architecture
The Acropolis Museum is the milestone of all Modern Greek buildings. It is a minimalistic architectural propose that aims at displaying the items in the best way rather than the building itself. The materials used are the basic constructional materials used in the modern architecture worldwide. The stainless steel and the concrete support its basic constructional material, the transparent glass.

The building stands on elevated pilotis which have been carefully put in the archaeological site that has been discovered below. In fact, the transparent floors permit visitors to admire the archaeological findings discovered during the construction project. The museum has been constructed around a concrete core and has got the exact dimensions as the Parthenon’s Frieze. The exhibition rooms are spread at the atrium around this core.

The natural light enters through the glass walls and spreads in all exhibition rooms creating the appropriate angles that highlight the sculptures throughout the whole day.

Exhibition Rooms
After crossing the ground floor lobby on an inclined transparent floor you can see the first exhibition room that is called ’the Gallery of the Slopes’. The transparent floor allows admiring the archaeological excavation while the inclination refers to the climbing on the Acropolis rock. This room hosts the finds from the sanctuaries located at the slopes of Acropolis (at the left of the room) and finds from smaller sanctuaries and the settlement (at the right of the room).

At the second level (The Archaic Arts Gallery) visitors can admire the exhibited items from every angle. Here you will see the Ekatombedon (gable of the archaic Parthenon), the gable representing the Titans War (from the archaic temple of Athens Polias) and the bronze offerings of the 6th century B.C. At the northeast part, stand items of the Mycenaean period when Acropolis was inhabited. The exhibition of the Archaic Art is divided in 7 units based on thematic and chronological criteria. At the northwest part of the room we can admire items that date to the construction of the Parthenon.

The third level is exclusively dedicated to the Parthenon and all its sculptures are on display. The transparent glass not only creates marvelous light conditions but also offers a breathtaking view of the Acropolis rock opposite. There is an extremely informative video presentation on Parthenon’s construction and history. On the top of the exhibited items stands the Frieze, the Fronts and the gable of the Temple. The original sculptures are exhibited along with cast copies of those that are held in foreign museums.


General nformation
On the ground floor of the museum, there is a Café where you can enjoy a light meal (time 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.).
On the second floor there is a restaurant with a balcony and views of the Acropolis, where you can enjoy traditional dishes era.


Contact information
Dionysius Areopagitou 15
11742 Athens
Tel: (+30) 210 9000900
Email: info@theacropolismuseum.gr
Web: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr

Opening hours
April 1 - October 31
Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 8 pm
Friday: 8 am - 10 pm

November 1 - March 31
Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 10 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 8 pm

Closed
January 1, Easter Sunday, 1 May 25 - 26 December

Tickets
General Admission: 5 €
Reduced: 3 €
Free: for some specific groups

Group visits: Reservation necessary through Tel: (+30) 210 9000903 from Monday - Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)



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