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Attica - Athens, The new Acropolis museum


The idea of the new Acropolis museum was first conceived by Constantinos Karamanlis in September 1976 who had also selected the site upon which it would be built 30 years later.
The new museum was supposed to be the place, where the sculptures of Parthenon would be reunited. As it is widely known, in 1687, many of the building's architectural members were blown into the air and fell in heaps around the Hill of the Acropolis, caused by a bomb from the Venetian forces.
It was in the 19th century that Lord Elgin removed intact architectural sculptures from the frieze, the metopes and the pediments of the building.

As far as the completion of the Acropolis project is concerned, a very important date is the year 1989, when Melina Mercouri, Minister of Culture at that time, made intense efforts for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.
Later on, in 2000, the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum announced an invitation to a new tender, which was realized in accordance with the Directives of the European Union. Bernard Tschumi, Michael Photiadis and their associates, won the first award and the construction of the museum was completed in 2007.

Today, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25.000 m2, with exhibition space of over 14.000 m2, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis.
The new museum hosts various collections of great historical and archaeological value such as the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, the Archaic and the Parthenon Galleries, the sanctuary of Artemis Vravronia and the votives of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Periods, as well as the statues of Caryatides.

Awards & Visitors
The Acropolis Museum won the British Guild of Travel Writers’ (BGTW) prestigious global award for the Best Worldwide Tourism Project for 2010, and since its opening (June 2009) the Museum it has received more than 3.00.000 visitors.
The Museum provides a fresh look at the exhibits previously housed in the old Museum on the Rock. On the Museum s first floor visitors can watch conservators removing the surface debris of hundreds of years from the Caryatids with advanced laser technology.
Moreover, families or small groups can borrow a family backpack from the Museum s Information Desk and play out the search for 12 different representations of the Goddess Athena amongst the exhibits of the permanent collection, aided by colorful exhibition labels.
Visitors can also watch an informative and beautiful video on the history and architecture of the Parthenon on the third floor.

There is something for all ages and all kinds of visitors at the Acropolis Museum.

15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 11742, Greece
Acropolis Metro Station:
Aghios Dimitrios Metro Line 2 (one stop from Syntagma)
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. (restaurant closes at 12 midnight)
Monday: Closed.
General admission fee: 5 euro.
Tel.: +30 210 9000900
Restaurant bookings for Friday nights: +30 210 9000915