The Acropolis in Athens is probably the most famous monument in all of Greece. Fortunately for visitors to the country’s capital, all the archaeological finds associated with this remarkable monument to Greek culture and history are located in the spectacular Acropolis Museum in the heart of the city. The museum itself is located in another of Athens’ important archaeological sites, Makrigianni Hill.
The impressive new building housing the museum opened its doors to its first visitors in 2009. Its vast collections include all artifacts that have been found in and around the Rock of Acropolis, one of the country’s most sacred sites, and covers the time span from the Mycenaean period to the Roman and Early Christian Athenian periods.
A visit to the Acropolis Museum is a unique experience and, at the same time, a flashback to ancient Greek culture. The museum itself, built overlooking the Rock of the Acropolis, amazes visitors from the very first moment they see it, instantly transferring them to the glorious heyday of the ancient city of Athens, immersing them in its history and culture.
The Acropolis Museum was constructed in such a way that the visitor experience is enhanced by the use of natural lighting. This was done because most of the exhibits on display are sculptures that require special lighting conditions to present them in the best way possible.
Further innovations can also be seen in the museum’s courtyard where the construction has been carried out so that visitors can see the archaeological space that extends from below. For the same reason, in some parts of the museum, the floors are transparent, allowing a close up look at the excavations.
All together there are four levels presenting the exhibits, while on the fifth level there are other auxiliary spaces such as the restaurant and the VIP room. The fascinating exhibits are approached by historical period, providing visitors with a complete overview of the city of Athens and its rich history. (Top Tip: Be sure to opt for a guided tour of the museum, where an experienced tour guide will convey the exact information necessary to provide you with a clear insight into the history and philosophy of ancient Athens.)
A visit to the Acropolis Museum Athens is an unprecedented and significant experience for every visitor, and should be at the top of any list of attractions when visiting beautiful Athens.
To learn more about the Acropolis Museum Athens, visit the museum’s website at www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en.
Maria Athanasopoulou is Founder of Respond on Demand, a company promoting Greek tourism to travel agents abroad and co-founder of Top Tourism , a non-profit company promoting Greek tourism and culture. She is also ambassador for Greece to the World Food Travel Association.