The museum was founded in 2003, while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on 20 June 2009.Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. The new Acropolis Museum is total area of 25,000 sq.m. And has exhibition space of 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum. The new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
Places To Discover –
THE HALL OF ACROPOLIS SLOPES:
The Museum of the Acropolis, after crossing the ground floor lobby, located on the first showroom. In the spacious hall on the sloping glass floor presented findings from the slope (slopes) of the Acropolis. The glass floor allows the view to the archaeological excavation, while the uphill slope refers to the ascent to the Acropolis.
The Hall of the Acropolis slopes houses finds from the sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the Acropolis and the settlement developed at the foot of the hill, in all historical periods. To the left of the visitor finds from the sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the rock, while the right of the findings of the smaller temples and the settlement developed on the slopes of the Acropolis.
THE PARTHENON GALLERY:
The Parthenon Gallery on the 3rd floor of the museum, you can discover a Video presentation about the Parthenon and its sculptural decoration. In the same area exposed ancient inscriptions that provide detailed accounts of expenditure of the construction of the Parthenon and the statue of Athena Parthenos.
In this gallery you can see the 92 panels were the first members of the entablature of the temple were decorated. Each yields a separate scene, usually in two forms. The themes were inspired by legendary battles and symbolized the victorious struggle of Athens against the Persians.
In the Parthenon Gallery on the 3rd floor the pediments, it is the triangular spaces formed by the eaves of the roof on the narrow sides of the temple are the last sections were sculptural decoration with sculpted colossal statues (437-432 BC).The subjects are taken from Attic mythology.
The east pediment, which was above the entrance of the temple, depicting the birth of goddess Athena from the head of her father Zeus, in the presence of the Olympian gods. In the west pediment depicted the contest between Athena and Poseidon for the claim of the Attic land, which resulted in the victory of Athena.
RESTURANT & CAFÉ:
Every Friday, the Restaurant on the second floor is open until 12 midnight offering special gourmet choices and beautiful night views of the Acropolis. The Restaurant renews its menu with seasonal dishes, using the finest products from every region of Greece, prepared in traditional methods.
The Acropolis Museum hosts two Shops, one at the ground floor level and one next to the Museum Restaurant on the second floor. The Shop at the ground level features a broad selection of postcards, paper goods and the Museum’s children’s gift range. The Museum’s second floor Shop offers a wide range of book titles on the Acropolis and related topics, as well as functional items and gifts.
Summer Period (April 1 – October 31)
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm (time last entry: 3:30 pm)
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm (last entry at 7:30 pm)
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm (time last entry: 9:30 pm)
Sat / Sun 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm (last entry at 7:30 pm)
Winter season (November 1 – March 31)
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm (time last entry: 4:30 pm)
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm (time last entry: 9:30 pm)
Sat / Sun 9 a.m. – 8:00 pm (last entry at 7:30 pm)
Closed: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, 25 and 26 December
Reduced hours Christmas: On Christmas Eve and New Year (24 and 31 December), the Acropolis museum is open from 9 am to 3 pm
Part-Time Easter: On Good Friday, the Acropolis museum is open from 12 noon to 6 pm and Saturday, 8 am to 3 pm
Extended hours: During the full moon of August and the European Night of Museums, the Acropolis museum is open until midnight.
Tickets and Price:
General admission fee: €5. Tickets are available for sale either at the Museum’s Ticket Desk or via its e-ticketing service. Free entry: 6 March (In Memory of Melina Mercouri), 25 March, 18 May (International Museum Day), 28 October