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Acropolis Museum

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The first museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.


An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece made requests for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, which acquired the items in a controversial manner, it was suggested by some British officials that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed.

Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.

The Acropolis Museum

The design by Bernard Tschumi was selected as the winning project in the fourth competition

The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices.

The museum offers amazing view of the Parthenon. An informative video is playing on the top floor explaining the history during the ages.


At the basement there is a glass floor from which you can see the digs under the museum.


If you are visiting the museum with children, check Lego Acropolis for child centered activities. Kids will love it!

Slopes of the Acropolis museum:
The Archaic Acropolis Gallery
The Parthenon Gallery
Propylaia, Athena Nike, Erechtheion
From the 5th c. BC to the 5th c. AD

The ground floor Shop and Café, the purchase of a ticket is not required.
To the second floor Shop and Restaurant, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk.

Tel.: +30 210 9000900
More info: www.theacropolismuseum.gr 

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Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina, 117 42, Greece
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