The New Acropolis Museum is situated right across the street from the entrance to the Acropolis site. It covers an area of 25,000 sq metres with 14,000 sq metre of displays.
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Last admission: 7.30 p.m.
Galleries cleared at 7.45 p.m.
Closed: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December.
General admission fee: 5 euros.
Reduced admission fee: 3 euros.Purchase tickets on site or on the website:
Public entrance at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.
Tuesday-Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Last admission: 7.30 p.m.
Closed 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December.
Tickets price : 1 euro (for the moment)
How to purchase tickets:
1.From the Museum desk
2. Via e-ticketing
Taking pictures is not permitted inside the Museum
The New Acropolis Museum is a magnificent monument showcasing the old within the modern walls of what can only be described as 'AMAZING.' The first time I walked up toward the entrance, my eyes were naturally focused above as I walked towards the towering portico and tried to gather in all the new dimensions. I was just in total amazement and thrilled as I moved closer to the huge structure made of marble, glass and steel. Suddenly, I felt the texture of the ground below change from the smooth marble walkway that had led me so far, become something smoother and slightly slippery. I looked down and to my disbelief, I was standing on a thick glass panel that gave light below...far, far below, to the exposed ancient walls and ruins of the city that had once housed the Ancient Athenians during the same time as the Acropolis was at its height of importance. What an incredible feeling!
By All Means...Go at NIGHT, to see the dramatic effects of the lighting under the museum and through the glass walkways.
The entire New Acropolis Museum will not be open until early March???2009. However, when I visited late on a Thursday evening, as it is open until 10pm, and there were very few visitors, I was able to walk up the stairs and look through the fenced off areas where the new exhibits are being prepared. This was as interesting as the exhibits will be when finished. Now, we have a historical event in the process of being made...
I love this new museum. Many feel that the modern structure is too much of a contrast with the old buildings in the surrounding neighborhoods. I totally disagree. It is a magnificent tribute to the modern ideas and architectural skills of today's Greek society. It is brilliant and will remain a brilliant showcase for many, many years to come.
Go see this historical event in the making!
As you enter the new Acropolis Museum, you can sit on the colorful plastic seats and watch a full video of the planning and building of the new museum. Most interestingly, you will see the actual painstaking moving of the marble statues from the old museum to the new! What an amazing even that was! I remember the tall cranes above the Acropolis and watching the huge wooden boxes being relayed from one high crane to the next and finally down to the new museum!
If you have time, go to the new Athens Acropolis Museum at Night! You will be able to see the ruins that were uncovered during the excavation of the new museum building site, from the impressive lighting that has been strategically placed under glass panels that you walk on and look far down to the old building foundations !
The much awaited New Acropolis Museum
(2-4 Makriyanni, Makriyanni, 210 9241043) is
complete and all antiquities formerly housed
in the small museum close to the Parthenon
were transported during 2007 in a mammothsized
operation. The last exhibits were placed
into their new positions in April 2008 but at the
time of writing, the new museum had still not
opened its doors to the public. The exhibition
rooms are still closed, but visitors are allowed
to enter the ground floor and inspect the
ancient city-beneath-the-city discovered
during excavations. Archaeologists
uncovered ancient roads, houses, bathhouses
and workshops dating between 3000 B.C.-
1200 B.C., all of which can now be seen in the
temporary exhibition “The excavation and the
museum”. When completed, the exhibition
rooms will house the most important artefact's
of the classical period, as well as other treasures
which were kept in storage for lack of space.
Antiquities will be divided in parts, namely the
findings from the slopes of the Acropolis, the
archaic period, the classical period, the roman
period and the recent findings underneath the
building. A room will also be left vacant with the
hope of one day housing the Parthenon (Elgin)
Marbles, presently kept in the British Museum.
The new museum was designed by Swiss
architect Bernard Tschumi, who used stainless
steel, glass and marble as his basic materials.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum on the archeological site of Acropolis. It is considered one of the major archaeological museums in Athens and ranks among the most important museums of the world. Due to its limited size, the Greek Government decided in the late 1980s to build a new museum.
Unfortunately I haven't been there, dream to come back one day...
You may watch my high resolution photo of Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 16.77" N 23º 43' 38.10" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Acropolis Museum .
Located on the Sacred Rock, south-east corner of the Parthenon, the ACROPOLIS MUSEUM houses some of the most important sculptures of Ancient Greece art. Actually it is one of the most important museums in the world. Exhibits include sacred sculptures from the Temple of Athena Polias, the Temple of Athena Nike, part of the famous Parthenon Frieze depicting Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite and Eros, as well as the original Caryatids.
The museum was built between 1865 and 1874. Presently a new Museum is just about finished, so the collection will soon be moved to new facilities.
Flash photography is prohibited but there was plenty of natural light and my pictures all turned out wonderful.
A joint ticket for Acropolis and Acropolis Museum costs 12 Euros. Keep your ticket as it is also good for the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Wonderful! Amazing! Not to be missed! Everytime I visit this museum, I see something new. The exhibitions on the Acropolis are constantly being renovated and new things are being added. It definately warrents return visits! Don't think if you have gone once, you have seen and absorbed everything. You may be surprised the next time you go, that you see something you hadn't noticed before, or you will definately see it with a new perspective.
All Greek citizens, who are in the know that is, are hoping that one day all the pieces that were 'stolen' and taken to other museum, namely the erroneously called 'Elgin Marbles,' will be rightly returned to be seen in the original home they were meant to dwell in for eternity. Until that day arrives, no visit to the Acropolis or it's museum will be complete!
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