Acropolis Museum, Athens

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    Acropolis Museum

    by janetanne Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    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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    by xaver Written Jun 16, 2011

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    In my opinion, the museum itself, not considering what is exposed inside, would be worth a visit. Here you get the chance to see the original marbles and sculptures from Acropolis, and the natural light of the museum, lets you enjoy them even more.There are more than 4000 ahndicrafts coming from the arcaic and classical period and looking through the glass floor of the museum you can also see the streets and the buildings of the ancient neighborhoods of Athens.
    You can arrive here using the metro and coming out at Akropolis station, the ticket is 5€ and the opening time is:

    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.
    The Museum is open every Friday until 10 p.m.
    Monday: Closed.
    Closed: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December.

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    ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 26, 2007

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    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.

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    More Pieces in Museum

    by janetanne Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Pictures are not enough to realize the impact these pieces of art have on your senses. You really must visit this museum to totally appreciate the wonder of ancient civilization's skill in creating these masterpieces. It is even easier today, as there has been built a new stairway structure leading up to the Acropolis, that most people can easily climb...not like in the past when one had to climb the original and very big and slippery marble stones to get to the top!

    Famous Statue of Young Man So Modern Looking Stylistic Horse My Favourite!  Look at the Red Shoes! Was this really a Woman? A dove in the hand...PEACE..was sought even then!
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    Acropolis Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    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 .

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    New Acropolis Museum Inside First Floor

    by janetanne Written Dec 6, 2008

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    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!

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    NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

    by janetanne Updated Jun 27, 2009

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    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.

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    NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM OPENS

    by janetanne Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    The museum’s much-anticipated opening puts an end to a decades-long series of delays, obstacles and critics.

    “Every great work is in a way a source of provocation and scandal,” said Culture Minister Antonis Samaras at the June 17 presentation. “But it is ultimately these great works - and not the objections they provoked - that leave an indelible mark on their era. The New Acropolis Museum is a symbol of a country which respects its past and honours it with works comparable to those of our ancestors.”

    The first thing visitors see, as they walk up the ramp to the main exhibits, are the 5 Caryatids standing vigil. The best preserved of the six Caryatid statues was taken by Lord Elgin in the 18th century and is now held at the British Museum, while the remaining five originals have been on display at the new Acropolis Museum. A vacant space, among the five remaining, marks the void of the stolen statue...in anticipation of her return.

    Tickets for the museum’s first three days of operation - purchased exclusively online through the museum’s site (www.theacropolismusuem.gr) - were sold out on June 15 within a few hours of becoming available.

    Museum officials estimate that the 20,000m2 glass-and-concrete museum can accommodate simultaneously between 1,200 and 1,500 people. Its capacity is 10,000 visitors in the course of a 12-hour day (8am-8pm).

    For a museum that aims to welcome and befriend its visitors, avoiding heavy queueing is a priority. In order for the gallery halls not to become congested, specially appointed personnel will work towards the even distribution of museumgoers.

    As part of its visitor-friendly policy, the museum also offers a spacious reception area, a ground-floor cafe, a second-floor restaurant-cafe with panoramic views of the Acropolis, a virtual-reality theatre and a temporary exhibition gallery. Recommended time for a full visit is three hours.

    Unlike the steep entrance prices of international museums, the New Acropolis Museum ticket is at a budget-friendly 1 euro - the price of a public bus ticket - through to the end of 2009 and 5 euros as of 2010.

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    New Acropolis Museum Night Tour

    by janetanne Written Dec 6, 2008

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    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 !

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    Watch a Video in New Acropolis Museum

    by janetanne Written Dec 6, 2008

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    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!

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    See the Exhibits Being Prepared

    by janetanne Written Dec 6, 2008

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    If you walk up the stairs...if you are allowed...take the opportunity to see the old marble statues that have been moved from the old Acropolis Museum down to this new home of theirs.

    Fascinating...Historical...worth the effort.

    From the top of the stairway, turn around and see the Caryatids looking down from their new home. Very Erie to think that for thousands of years, these statues stood outside beneath the Blue Greek Sky, exposed to all the elements, and now, here they are inside a modern museum. Do you think they miss the Athenian breeze cooling their marble skin?

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    Repatriated Masterpieces

    by janetanne Updated Dec 10, 2008

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    The exhibition titles 'NOSTOI' will be showing in the New Acropolis Museum from 24 Sept. -31 Dec. 2008. " The repatriation of an ancient artifact is always a splendid occasion and is welcomed by everyone. Equally important, however, are the systematic efforts made by the Departments of the MInistry of Culture to protect antiquities and prevent their illegal trading and removal from Greece. The sensitization of citizens to this joint endeavor is of great significance and was the objective of the exhibition Nostoi, which was first mounted in Italy in 2007 and is now presented in the New Acropolis Museum.

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    The New Acropolis Museum

    by Maryimelda Written Feb 28, 2010

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    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.

    Hours
    Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
    Monday: Closed.
    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.

    Admission
    General admission fee: 5 euros.
    Reduced admission fee: 3 euros.Purchase tickets on site or on the website:
    www.acropolismuseum.gr

    Public entrance at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.

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    The New Acropolis Museum

    by iblatt Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    The invaluable, pricelss works of art found on the acropolis used to be displayed in the old, outdated acropolis museum. In 2009 the New Acropolis Museum was inaugurated, underneath and across from the acropolis itself. The new nuseum is an architectural masterpiece, although some Athenians criticized its sharp angles as too modern.

    When you are about to enter the museum take a look underneath you: under the transparent floor lie the excavated remains of ancient Athens' streets and private houses. Inside, the entrance hall contains a model of Athens in the Roman period (see photo) and other exhibits.

    On the way leading up from the entrance to the first floor there are many interesting exhibits, found in the ancient private homes of Athens: from containers and kitchen utensils to children's toys. A stone box with a heavy stone lid and a hole in its middle was used for wedding offerings for the young couples.

    The first display which greets you on the first floor is the relief from the pediment of the more ancient version of the parthenon. Remarkably much is preserved, with a beautiful hunting scene of two lions subduing a bull. You can also find a friendly-looking dragon with multiple bodies and heads!
    You then find yourself walking in a sculpture garden of free-standing statues from the archaic and high-classical periods. I particularly liked the young farmer with a calf held around his head, in awe of the sacred acropolis where he made his pilgrimage to present the sacrifice to the goddess Athena. Other statues, of nude male athletes, show the sculptors' talent and knowledge of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, Although females were sculpted dressed and not nude, the contours of their graceful bodies are very clear under the flowing lines of the thin robes.

    The highlight of the first floor are the Caryatids, five out of the original six, who carried the heavy weight of the porch of the erechteon for 2500 years. The missing sixth Caryatid was taken away to Britain (or rather plundered) by Lord Elgin in the 18th century. The Caryatids' calm and elegance is unsurpassed. The thick pony tail at the back of their head is an ingenious way of enabling these statues to support the heavy weight of the porch without giving the female figures thick, unbecoming necks!

    The second floor has an open balcony with a superb view of the acropolis. This is where the museum cafe is located, and we had very tasty spinach pies here. This is also the only place in the museum where you may take photos.

    The third floor is dedicated to the parthenon. The central part of this floor is a schematic full size model of the parthenon. When you walk around it you can see the remains of the outstanding reliefs of the friezes and pediments. Athena's birth out of Zeus' head on one pediment, the competition between Athena and Posseidon over Athens on the other pediment. And do not forget the battle between centaurs and humans on the frieze!
    Several of the original pieces are missing and have been repalced by copies (the snow-white plaster betrays them); where are the originals? You guessed right: Lord Elgin carried them away to London!

    The New Acropolis Musuem has the perfect setting to display all of these amazing artistic archeological remains.

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    The new Acropolis museum.

    by cachaseiro Written Sep 28, 2010

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    The new Acropolis museum has replaced the small museum that was formerly on the Acropolis hill, but now they have a fantastic museum on the foothill that displays the things found on the Acropolis hill in the best way possible.
    Whenh the museum was build there was an archeological site discoverd underneath the museum and it has been excavated too and is on display through the glass floor of the museum which gives the whole place a really unique feel.

    The new Acropolis museum. Looking through the glass floor at the museum.
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