(Greek: Mousio Akropolis)
To put everything you’ll see at the Acropolis into an amazingly vivid context, connecting the dots between the marble ruins & history of Athens, you first need to know a little bit about it. The Acropolis Museum remains one of my favourites for its sheer beauty and serenity on the elegant pedestrian walkway.The first Museum was on the Acropolis but continuous excavations on the site uncovered many new artifacts which exceeded the museum’s capacity thus.
Location- Just outside the Acropolis metro station and a breath from the Parthenon.
Hours: 1 April – 31 October:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
General Admission Fee: 5 euros.
Official website: www.theacropolismuseum.gr
• The museum by night is magical and remains open until 10:00pm on Fridays
• Museum archaeologist hosts answer questions every day from 9:30am – 5:00pm.
• A complimentary tour by archeologist is done every friday6pm.
• A surprisingly good restaurant along with a beautiful view is also there. There’s also a shop.
1)GALLERY OF THE SLOPES:
This has transparent floors and it shows the artifacts found in the Acropolis. These provide insights into the everyday lives of ancient Athenians.
After this , we climbed the stairs. It simulates the Acropolis hill.
2) THE HEKATOMPEDON
The permanent exhibition on level one shows the remnants from the archaic period & ‘poros’ pediment from the Parthenon at this time.
2) ARCHAIC GALLERY:
It houses sculpture from 700 to 480 BC, arranged so as to convey the rise of the Athenian city-state and its great achievements in democracy, literature, and art.The female kore and the male kouros statues are particularly interesting.
3) CARYATID LADIES:
We had seen them on the Erechtheion.The Acropolis museum holds the other five figures, which are replaced onsite by replicas. By far one of the most memorizing displays in the museum, these are 5 of the 6 original columns that supported the south porch roof of the Erechtheion that allows visitors to view them from all sides.
4) PARTHENON PROCESSION:
Out of all the must-see artefacts at the Acropolis Museum, the Parthenon Procession is quite possibly the cherry on top. Located on the 3rd level of the museum, it’s dedicated to the most famous building on Acropolis Hill – the Parthenon.
5)THE FOYER GALLERY:
The Foyer Gallery houses finds from the Acropolis’ slopes. It has an ascending glass floor that emulates a climb up to the sacred hill. Similarly, it allows glimpses over the ruins below. It has painted vases from the sanctuaries where ancient Athenians worshipped their gods, two clay statues of the goddess Nike at the entrance.
A visit has the power to connect the knowledge and what you see. I was surprised myself by just how much I enjoyed this museum, so much so that its on my list of favorites in the world.A defining attraction since 2009, the Acropolis Museum is synonymous with both modern and ancient Athens.