Perhaps the best sight in Athens...
The new Acropolis Museum12-12-2012 15:49
The new Acropolis Museum, the museum that made Greeks so proud of, will be an incomparable stop during your travel in Athens, Greece. A walk through its galleries is a walk through history so don't miss a visit there!
It is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. It is only 300 meters from the Acropolis and approximately 2 km from Syntagma Square, the main city square. The Museum entrance is located at the beginning of the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, which constitutes the central route for the unified network of the city’s archaeological sites. The Acropolis station of the Metro is on the east side of the Museum site.
The building was designed by Bernard Tschumi, who wanted to mix three concepts: light, movement, and a tectonic and programmatic element.
The permanent exhibition of the Museum includes the Gallery of the Slopes of Acropolis, the Archaic Gallery, the Parthenon Gallery, the Propylaia, Athena Nike and Erechtheion collections (the six spectacular female figures functioning as columns, the Caryatids), as well as findings from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD.
The collections are exhibited on three levels, while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the cafe and the offices. On the first level there are findings of the slopes of the Acropolis. The long and rectangular hall whose floor is sloping, resembles the ascension to the rock. Then, the visitor is found at the large trapezoidal hall which accommodates the archaic findings. On the same floor there are also the artifacts and sculptures from the other Acropolis buildings such as the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea and findings from Roman and early Christian Athens. However the visitor is intended to see the latter during descent so as to keep the chronological order because he will first be directed to the last level of Parthenon marbles. The Parthenon hall has the same orientation with the temple on the Acropolis and the use of glass allows the natural light to enter.
As the museum is built over an extensive archaeological site, the floor, outside and inside, is often transparent using glass and thus the visitor can see the excavations below. The museum also provides an amphitheatre, a virtual theatre and a hall for temporary exhibitions.
In order to admire all these masterpieces, you'll need to pay a fee of 5 euros (the reduced admission fee is 3 euros). You'll buy the necessary tickets from the Museum Ticket Desk or via its e-ticketing service.
New Acropolis Museum is located in the city center:
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou str., Athens, 11742, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 9000900
Tuesday - Sunday from 08.00 to 20.00
Friday from 08.00 to 22.00
The Acropolis Museum is always closed on Mondays, as well on: 1 January, 25 March (national holiday), Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 and 26 December.
All public areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the Museum entrance. The Museum provides four parking spaces at Mitseon Street for visitors with disabilities.
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