Athens’ cultural crown jewel, the Acropolis Museum, celebrates 10 years and more than 14.5 million visitors, with a series of events in the coming days.
Among them a temporary exhibition with photographs of the marble craftsmen of the Acropolis at work, “Chisel and memory” (11 June – 31 October), a lecture by the Italian professor Giovanni Verri on the polychromy of the Parthenon sculptures (13 June) and a concert by the great Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos (19 June).
However, the highlight of the celebrations is the permanent opening of what is virtually a whole new section of the museum: The excavation underneath the building, currently partly visible through the glass floor at its entrance – an area of 4000 sq metres that comprises houses, workshops, baths and streets of an ancient Athenian neighbourhood that existed from the classical to the Byzantine years.
This impressive archaeological site will soon be enriched with the most representative of the 1290 findings of the excavation. Architectural ruins will be organised in a unique exhibition that sheds light on the everyday life of an ancient neighbourhood that existed in the shadow of the Acropolis.
“Life did not only consist of the glorious moments of classical Athens; these everyday findings complete the picture. Essentially, we will open a new floor of the museum, which will provide information about the daily lives of Athenians”, said the museum president, professor Dimitris Pantermalis.
From Friday 21 June 2019 onwards, the archaeological excavation will be open to the museum visitors. On this day the museum exhibition areas will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and, on 20 June, the day of the museum’s 10th anniversary, entrance to the public will be free of charge (8 am – 8 pm)