Acropolis museum entrance ticket

The Museum is an archaeological museum focused primarily on the Acropolis findings. It was built exclusively to house every item found on and around the Parthenon rock.

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The museum is divided in various collections, don't miss :  

After crossing the ground floor lobby towards the turn styles of the Museum, the first collection lies before the visitor. An ascending, wide glass-floored gallery houses finds from the slopes of the Acropolis. The occasionally transparent floor provides a view of the archaeological excavation, while its upward slope alludes to the ascent to the Acropolis.

The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis houses finds from the sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. On the left hand side, finds from some of the key sanctuaries of the slopes are exhibited. On the right hand side, finds from the smaller sanctuaries and settlements that developed on the slopes of the Hill are displayed. In antiquity, the slopes of the Sacred Rock constituted the transition zone between the city and its most famous sanctuary. This was the area where official and popular cults, as well as large and small sanctuaries existed alongside private houses. 

Archaic is the period throughout the 7th century BC, until the end of the Persian Wars (480/79 BC). This period is characterized by the development of the city-state and the transition from aristocracy to tyranny and, eventually, democracy. It is also characterized by great achievements in the economy, art and intellectual life.

In the Archaic Acropolis Gallery, for the first time, visitors have the opportunity to view exhibits from all sides as three-dimensional exhibits. With the benefit of the changing natural light, visitors can discern and discover the delicate surface variations of sculptures and select the vantage point from which to observe the exhibits.

In the south side of the Gallery, depictions of young women (the Korai), the horse riders (the Hippeis) and many other provide a striking picture of the Acropolis in the Archaic Period. 

In the centre of the Parthenon Gallery on the 3rd floor, the visitor can observe a video presentation about the Parthenon and the sculptural decoration of the monument. In the same area are presented ancient marble inscriptions recording detailed cost records of the construction of the Parthenon and the statue of Athena Parthenos. As a result, visitors are informed on how democratic bodies functioned in the 5th century BC.

The installation of the frieze of the Parthenon on the rectangular cement core that has exactly the same dimensions as the cella of the Parthenon enables a comprehensive viewing of the details of the frieze, as one takes the perimetric walk of the Gallery. The narrative of the story of the Panathenaic Procession is pieced together with a combination of the original blocks of the frieze and cast copies of the pieces in museums abroad, such as the British Museum and the Louvre. 

The descent of the visitor from the third floor back to the first floor, to the last gallery of the Museum, affords views of unique works that became prototypes for subsequent periods from antiquity to today. For the first time ever, it is possible to view the coffered ceiling of the Propylaia and the sculptures from the parapet of the temple of Athena Nike, and finally, the Caryatids – or Korai of the Erechtheion at close proximity on the balcony overlooking the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis. The main monuments that constitute the Classical Acropolis are the Propylaia, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.

The Propylaia, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, were built in 437-432 BC, following designs by the architect Mnesikles, in order to replace the earlier gateway (the Archaic Propylon). In 427-423 BC, the temple of Athena Nike was built, perhaps by the architect Kallikrates, on the bastion southwest of the Propylaia, to replace an earlier small temple on the same site. The Erechtheion is the last of the Periclean buildings. Construction began during the Peace of Nicias (421-415 BC) and ended after 410 BC. 

The exhibition concludes at the north side of the first floor gallery. Reliefs of Athenian decrees, impressive portraits, Roman copies of classical masterpieces and depictions of philosophers and historical figures are the exhibits covering the period from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD. These collections of the Museum include the Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, the votives of the Classical and Hellenistic Periods and the votives of the Roman Period.

Numerous statues were placed on the Acropolis, which represented gods, heroes, mythological themes and portraits of famous men. They were often works of well-known sculptors, dedicated by cities, rulers or even citizens. Few have survived and usually in poor condition. Moreover, from the mid-5th century BC stelai were also erected on the Acropolis. These were inscribed with decrees of the Parliament and the Public Assembly of the Athenians. The inscriptions on the stone were the publication of the original records which were written on papyrus or wooden tablets. The decrees are divided into two categories, depending on their content: a) Athenian treaties or alliances with other cities and b) honorary decrees for individuals who had offered services or benefactions to the city. 


 

Itinerary

On Good Friday, the Acropolis Museum opens from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and on Easter Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On August Full Moon and European Night of Museums, the Acropolis Museum operates until 12 midnight.

On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (24 and 31 December), the Acropolis Museum opens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free entry: 6 March (In Memory of Melina Mercouri), 25 March (Greek National Holiday), 18 May (International Museum Day), 28 October (Greek National Holiday)

Meeting Points

What’s included

  • Entrance fee to the museum

What’s excluded

  • Any food/drink/souvenirs/activities within the Museum

Important information

  • Last admission to the Museum is always 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Proper identification is required for reduced or free admission.
  • Τhe Restaurant, Cafe and shops are open during the operating hours of the Museum. The shops close 15 minutes before Museum closing time. On Fridays, the second floor restaurant is open until midnight (12). 
  • The entrance to the museum has an x-ray baggage control system. Therefore, we kindly ask that our visitors do not carry large
    luggage and/or bags.
  • There is a cloakroom on the Museum's ground floor where visitors should leave their packages and/or luggage. Kindly note that our visitors assume all responsibility for fragile and/or valuable items left in the cloakroom.
  • Mobile phones are only permitted in the lobby, cafe and restaurant areas.
  • Assistance and guide dogs which are accompanied by individuals with disabilities are always welcome. All other pets are not permitted.
  • Although we encourage our visitors to bring their own wheelchairs if possible, the Museum also provides free wheelchairs upon providing proper identification at the Information Desk.
  • Visitors can request from the Information Desk our Museum Guide in Braille (English & Greek) on loan only. The official Museum Guide can be purchased in English, Greek, German, Spanish and French from the Museum shops.
  • Free internet access (WiFi) is provided.
  • Visitors are permitted to take pictures and film in all of the Museum's exhibition areas with the exception of the Archaic Acropolis Gallery. However, it is not permitted to use portable devices (ie: tripod or lighting kits) or flash. Also, it not permitted to publish any material in electronic media or print. 
  • A map of the Museum is available free of charge in eight different languages (Greek, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Russian, Chinese and Japanese).
  • On the second floor there is a a reading lounge available overlooking the Hekatompedos Pendiment and the Caryatids.

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Very big place, too many things

   

Wow ! There was not enough time to go through it all, so many sections, so much staff, such a great place....I thought it would have been boring, museum, right ? how fun can it be ? Wrong, the place is full of light , findings and great info to follow staff, highly recommended for all, would be a pity to go back to the States without seeing it

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14 June, 2019 by Terry Bird