Lonely Planet review
The long-awaited Acropolis Museum opened with much fanfare in 2009 in the southern foothills of the Acropolis. Ten times larger than the former on-site museum, the imposing modernist building brings together the surviving treasures of the Acropolis, including items formerly held in other museums or storage, as well as pieces returned from foreign museums. The restaurant has superb views (and is surprisingly good value) and there’s a fine museum shop .
Designed by US-based architect Bernard Tschumi, with Greek architect Michael Photiadis, the €130-million museum cleverly showcases layers of history, floating above the ruins and with the Acropolis visible above, thus allowing visitors to see the masterpieces in context.
While the collection covers the Archaic and Roman periods, the emphasis is on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC, considered the apotheosis of Greece’s artistic achievement.