Posted by: nikusjka | October 17, 2009

The New Acropolis Museum in Athens

When this August I got to Athens again I just couldn`t miss a chance to visit a new Acropolis museum that opened its doors to the visitors on 21st of June in 2009. I was very excited to see all the Greek historical heritage and besides the building itself was suppose to be amazing.

So on a sunny hot Athens` morning I got to the Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. It it quite easy to find Acropolis museum: it is situated on the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill and about 2km from Syntagma square. If you follow the crowd of people from “Acropolis” metro station – you`d definitely get to the right place.

When you are on the right street you are able to see Acropolis hill, with the magnificent Parthenon on the top of it, on one side and the new museum on the other. The facade of the Acropolis museum is really fascinating! To me it looked like a crazy space ship and with the word “crazy” I mean something unbelievably good! Almost whole building is built from glass (at least it seems so) and it is reflecting amazing Greek surroundings.

The reflection on the facade of the New Acropolis Museum

The reflection on the facade of the New Acropolis Museum

The new Acropolis museum

The new Acropolis museum

A guy and dog in front of Acropolis museum

A guy and dog in front of Acropolis museum

The new Acropolis museum`s facade reflection

The new Acropolis museum`s facade reflection

The entrance to the museum was just 1euro for me and this price is valid until the end of this year, so hurry up!! Before you enter the guards scan your bag, so the safety is a high priority here, that I really appreciated.

After all the procedures I finally got to see the treasures, that the Greek culture had to offer. On the four floors, where each is different from the other, you can see works of art made by ancient Greeks: sculptures, pottery, parts of ancient temples etc. Most of the things of course are connected with Athens and where found during the excavations around the Acropolis hill.

The floors everywhere are made from glass, so you can see people walking underneath and above you that makes the museum experience even more exciting. Under the 1st floor you can the see parts of ancient Athens city that were excavated during the past years.

A man taking a photo in the Acropolis museum

A man taking a photo of the ancient excavations of Athens in the new Acropolis museum

The 3rd floor has a huge terrace with cafeteria, where you can enjoy your coffee, while watching Parthenon and Lykgavitos hills at the same time.

view on the Parthenon from Acropolis museum

view on the Parthenon from Acropolis museum`s terrace

view on Likgavitos hill from the new Acropolis museum in athens

view on the Likgavitos hill from the new Acropolis museum`s terrace

The Parthenon reflection on the facade of the Acropolis Museum

The Parthenon reflection on the facade of the Acropolis Museum

The last floor is spacial and seemed the most impressive to me. I could see a huge part of Athens from that hight and the most beautiful sights of this city were just in front of me. It is a marvelous view and is definitely worth to see!

Overall, after my visit to the new Acropolis museum I realized that even archaeological museums can be built in a way that turns a tour around them to an exciting experience and memorable journey, where you strive to learn more and to see more.

People visiting the new Acropolis Museum

People visiting the new Acropolis Museum

feet reflections on the floor in front of the new Acropolis museum

feet reflections on the floor in front of the new Acropolis museum

Floor in front of the Acropolis museum

Floor in front of the Acropolis museum

The new Acropolis museum is open from 8 to 8 every day, except Mondays and public holidays. So if you`re in Athens – put a “visit to the museum” on you to-do list and you wouldn`t regret the time spent there!

P.S. More information can be found here: Official site of the new Acropolis Museum

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