“The Acropolis Museum, a shiny new home for the host of the most important legacies of classical civilization, is located on the ancient road that leads to the Holy Rock, on which the majestic Parthenon rises above Athens. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive every year to see the cultural wonders of a glorious past, which stand flooded with natural light, having the admirable view of the original temple as its evocative background”, according to the Sunday Times, which have placed the Acropolis Museum third in their recent list of the best 50 museums of the world.
Located on Dionysiou Areopagitou str., this museum, “Athens's latest and most modern piece of architecture”, faces the monumental hill of the Acropolis. Long awaited, it is by far the most popular museum in the city, as its treasures include more than 50,000 pieces unearthed during excavations in Athens. It is impossible not to feel its positive energy. What’s more, the variety of activities organised by the museum guarantee you will have a few truly fascinating hours.
Look, listen and learn
Museum archaeologists-hosts hold brief presentations for history buffs every Fri, Sat and Sun. The presentations are held both in Greek and English. Be warned, however, participation is limited (up to 20 visitors per session). Coupons are available on a first-come, first-served basis every Fri (15:00-18:00) and Sat, Sun (12:30-16:30) at the Information Desk. Another special treat: the 3D projections that take place every weekend.
Follow the hosts’ tips
Be prepared, the museum’s hosts will follow you everywhere. It’s not that they don’t trust visitors, it’s because they have all the good stories, the knowledge (and desire) to answer all your questions about the museum exhibits. Archaeologists are available to answer your questions about the museum exhibits every day between 09:00 and 17:00. Just look for staff wearing large red and white “archaeologist” badges in the Museum exhibition areas.
We asked them for their tips to help you get the most out of your visit to the museum. Here they are:
- If you have a choice, avoid the hours between 10:00 and 14:00, when the museum gets flooded with cruise ship passengers and school groups.
- Always begin the tour of the first floor from the northeast corner. Otherwise you won’t appreciate the significance of the Acropolis in the Mycenaean Period.
The museum restaurant
Every Friday the Acropolis Museum stays open until 22:00 and its restaurant until midnight. Enjoy a special menu with beautiful night views of the Acropolis and great value for money. Not to mention that Greek traditional breakfast is served daily until 12:00 at the museum’s second floor restaurant (except on Mondays when the museum remains closed).
Do's and dont's
Always look down, or you'll miss all the Indiana Jones-style workmen excavating under the cool glass floor
Follow a Gallery talk on the Archaic Colours by a museum archaeologist-host
Visit the museum before you head for the Parthenon temple
Take the Metro: the “Acropolis” station offers the best preview of what you'll see in the museum.
Public entrance from Dionysiou Areopagitou/ For groups from Mitseon Tue-Sun 08:00-20:00 Fri 08:00 - 22:00, Closed Mon