On Thursday 20 June 2019 the Acropolis Museum celebrates its opening anniversary and ten years of operation with a series of celebrating events with free entrance:
-The “Chisel and Memory” temporary exhibition features exceptional photographs of the marble craftsmen of the Acropolis at work - a tribute to the contribution of marble craftsmanship to the restoration of the Acropolis monuments. The exhibition runs from 11/06 to 31/10 at the ground floor
-“The true colors of the Parthenon sculptures: evidence for traces of original polychromy and its interpretation”. Italian professor Giovanni Verri gives a lecture on the polychromy of the Parthenon sculptures, which has long been the subject of scholarly research raising a debate that holds strong for almost two centuries now. Hosted at the ground floor Auditorium, 13/06, 7 p.m.
-“Stavros Xarchakos - Instrumental”. A unique concert with prominent Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos and an orchestra of eight Greek soloists take visitors on a musical journey comprising familiar compositions of Stavros Xarchakos, Mikis Theodorakis, Vasilis Tsitsanis, Markos Vamvakaris and Manos Hadjidakis. On 19/06 at 9 p.m. (also on this day the Museum will extend its opening hours until midnight. Entrance will be free from 8 p.m. onwards)
More than 14,5 million visitors, citizens of the city and world travelers, have walked through the Museum’s marble floors since its opening, ten years ago. Last year, the Acropolis Museum ranked sixth on the top 10 museums in the world List of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for museums. On Thursday 20 June 2019, the Museum’s birthday, admission to the exhibition areas will be free from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
From Friday 21 June 2019 onwards, the archaeological excavation will be open to the public with the general admission fee ticket. The excavated area of 4,000 sq. meters comprises houses, workshops, baths and streets of an ancient Athenian neighborhood that existed from the classical to the Byzantine years, in successive phases. This impressive archaeological site will soon be enriched with the most representative findings of the excavation. Architectural ruins will be organized in a unique exhibition set that sheds light on the everyday life of an ancient
neighborhood that existed in the shadow of the Acropolis. On this day the Museum exhibition areas will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.