15 Dionysiou Areopagitou St.,
Acropolis, tel.: 210 900 0900
"...It is true that the French have taken statues and paintings to Italy; but they have not mutilated temples to appropriate the bas-reliefs; they have simply followed the example of the Romans, who despoiled Greece of masterworks of painting and sculpture. The monuments of Athens, torn from the locations for which they were created, will not only lose their beauty in a relative sense, but they will be materially diminished. Only light reveals the delicacy of certain lines and colors: now, this light is lacking beneath English skies, these lines and colors will vanish, or remain hidden..."
On the first level there are finds from the Acropolis during the Mycenean and Geometric era, exhibition of archaic items, architectural structures and sculptures from Propylaea, from the temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion, as well as works dating from the late ancient period to the early Christian years. The restaurant, the Museum shop and bookstore, as well as balconies with the view of the exhibits on the main and first level as well as a digital media area are on the second level. In the Parthenon Gallery on the third level, the frieze, the metopes and the temple’s pediments are on display. The museum offers an area for occasional exhibitions and cultural events, an amphitheatre, an internet hall and an information center.
Immediately after the founding of the Greek State, discussions about the construction of an Acropolis Museum on the Hill of the Acropolis began. In 1863, it was decided that the Museum be constructed on a site to the southeast of the Parthenon and foundations were laid in 1865. The plan for the Museum had provided that its height not surpasses the height of the stylobate of the Parthenon. With only 800 square meters of floor space, the building was rapidly shown to be inadequate to accommodate the findings from the large excavations on the Acropolis that began in 1886. A second museum was announced in 1888, the so-called Little Museum. By the 1970s, the Museum could not cope satisfactorily with the large numbers of visitors.
After crossing the ground floor lobby towards the turn styles of the Museum, the first collection lies before the visitor. An ascending wide glass-floored gallery presents finds from the slopes of the Acropolis.
The visitor is drawn up towards the monumental staircase at the end of the glass-floored ramp by the large architectural sculptures of the pediment of the Hekatompedon, the first large temple of the Goddess Athena on the Acropolis.
The tour of the first-floor galleries begins at the northeast corner, where archaeological finds and a scale model make clear the significance of the Acropolis in the Mycenaean Period both as a residential area and as the seat of the local ruler.
In the same Gallery, close to the exhibition of the Korai, the visitor is presented with the commanding sculptures of the pediment of the Ancient Temple of Athena Polias.
For the first time, visitors to the Archaic Gallery are afforded the opportunity to view exhibits from all sides as 3-D exhibits. With the benefit of the changing natural light, visitors can discern and discover the delicate surface variations of the sculptures and select the vantage point from which to observe the exhibits. The visitor moves on to the close of the Archaic collection, with the display and narrative about the Persian disaster on the Acropolis, and is prepared for the next collection – that of the so-called Severe Style. Turning back to look at the Gallery the visitor is likely to be impressed with the beautiful view of the sculptures among the tall columns of the Archaic Gallery.
Take the stairs, escalator or elevator to reach the second floor where the Museum Restaurant operates, but where you can also have panoramic views of the Archaic Gallery and the Gallery of the Slopes below from the balconies.
Another level up using either the staircase, the escalator or the elevator and you'll find yourselves in the atrium of the Parthenon Gallery. Here one can observe a video presentation about the Parthenon, and access information about the sculptural decoration of the monument. The installation of the Parthenon frieze on the rectangular cement core that has exactly the same dimensions as the cella of the Parthenon enables a comprehensive viewing of the details of the frieze as one takes the perimetric walk of the Gallery.
|Acropolis Museum Entrance Ticket |
The rich collections of the Acropolis Museum provide visitors with a comprehensive picture of the human presence on the Acropolis, from prehistoric times through late Antiquity. Integral to this program is the display of an archaeological excavation on the site of the Museum itself: ruins from the 4th through 7th c. A.D., left intact and protected beneath the building and made visible through the first floor. Skip the main ticket line and exchange your Viator voucher for your museum ticket directly at the groups counter.
A Portrait of Emperor Hadrian
The Acropolis Museum honored the anniversary of the 1900 years since the ascent to the throne of Emperor Hadrian, a friend and benefactor of Athens, with the presentation of an exquisite portrait of the Emperor, and an interesting video, produced by the Museum, which showcases the Emperor’s immense building program which renewed and expanded the urban planning of Athens and signified the revival of Greek Letters and Science during the time of the Roman Empire in the 2nd c. AD. Hadrian’s work signifies the revival of Greek Letters and Science during the time of the Roman Empire. The simple yet impressive presentation was on display at the Museum from January 15 to March 31st.
Hadrian is the first Roman Emperor depicted with a philosopher’s beard. His eyes are averted from life on earth and he gazes to the sky. The oak wreath crowning his head bears the emblem of Zeus, the eagle. This “political wreath” characterizes the Emperor as the savior of citizens. The portrait, dated in 130-140 AD, was found on Syngrou Avenue in 1933, and belongs to the collection of the National Archaeological Museum.
This 3-hour walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens, includes a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Visit the Theater of Dionyssos and Dionyssos Sanctuary, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, then stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon, looking down over Athens below. Then, follow your guide on a tour of New Acropolis Museum and learn more about the excavations as you browse more than 4,000 unearthed artifacts.
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