Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum information

Athens , Greece
Address
Street Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
Extras Makrygianni
Telephone
+30 210 900 0901
Getting there
metro Akropoli
More information
www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Prices
adult/concession €5/3
Opening hours
8am-8pm Tue-Sun, to 10pm Fri Apr-Oct, 9am-5pm Mon-Thu, to 10pm Fri, 9am-8pm Sat & Sun Nov-Mar
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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.