Acropolis Museum | Μουσείο Ακρόπολης
The Acropolis Museum in Athens is one of the word’s most important archaeological museums.
The museum’s site
The museum, founded in 1863, is housed in a new building, designed by the Swiss-American architect Bernard Tschumi, since 2007. The museum lies at the base of the Acropolis hill, over archaeological excavation dating back to the Bronze age.
What to see at the Acropolis museum
The Acropolis museum houses an extraordinary collection of sculptures, dating from the Archaic Greece to the Roman times, thus covering a time period more than 1,500 years-long, arranged into five chronological sections.
Among the most important pieces, artworks from the Acropolis slopes, the Hekatompedon (the earliest building on the hill), the Propylaia, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion with its caryatids, the Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia and, of course, from the Parthenon, must be mentioned.
The gallery dedicated to the Parthenon is truly impressive; located at the top level of the museum, it showcases the frieze of the Parthenon, reconstructed with both original pieces and copies; from inside the gallery, which has the same orientation of the temple, the visitors have an impressive view on the Acropolis, therefore establishing a direct visual relationship between the pieces and their original home.
Additional programs and services
The Acropolis museum organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours and educational activities. At the museum, which is wheelchair-accessible, an Auditorium, a shop, a café and a restaurant, provided with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Acropolis, are available to the visitors.
Photos © Acropolis Museum. Photo Nikos Daniilidis
The new Acropolis Museum in Athens by Bernard Tschumi, along with being an archeological gallery, is an intriguing circular journey through space and time
The second part of the article on the Acropolis Museum in Athens by Bernard Tschumi: the Parthenon gallery, the frieze and the Classic age scultpures