Acropolis Museum: Acropolis’ treasures in an architectural masterpiece

One of the most important contemporary works of architecture in Athens, it houses priceless finds from the Acropolis monuments, including Parthenon marbles.
Acropolis Kids Museum Parthenon marbles
Average Cost: 5€ (Reduced: 3€) | Temporary exhibition: plus 3€ / Ε-ticket service available

Acropolis museum stands only 300m away from the Acropolis, covering 21,000 sq.m. It is made of concrete, steel and glass, which permits the sun to shed its light naturally on the 4,000 exhibits.

The last level (The Parthenon room) has the dimensions and the direction of the Parthenon and has been rotated by 23 degrees in relation to the rest of the building to offer the visitor an immediate view of the monument.

The glass floor of the ground level presents the findings of the surrounding area as an open air museum-excavation.

Ticket price: 5€
Reduced ticket: 3€ for under 18 from non-EU countries, students from non-EU countries and Europeans over 65.
Free entrance: under 18 from EU countries, under 5 from non-EU countries, EU students, people with disabilities and their escorts, journalists, members of the ‘Friends of the Acropolis’ (EFA), members of the Greek parliament, Greeks performing their military service, employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, ΙCOM and ICOMOS cardholders, tour guides, teachers at school visits, official guests of the Greek Public, archaeologists, Greek unemployed citizens.

Free admission days:
– 6 March (In Memory of Melina Mercouri)
– 25th March
– 18 May (International Museums Day)
– 28 October

E-ticket service:
Click here

Opening hours:
1 April – 31 October
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)

1 November – 31 March
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Last admission: 7:30 p.m.)

– 1 January
– Good Friday, open 12:00 – 18:00
– Easter Saturday, open 12:00 – 15:00
– Easter Sunday
– Easter Monday
– 1 May
– August Full Moon, open until 00:00
– European Night of Museums, open until 00:00
– 24 December, open 09:00 – 15:00
– 25 December
– 26 December
– 31 December, open 09:00 – 15:00

The different levels of the museum:
– Main level: Through the glass floor you see remnants of the ancient city and findings from the slopes of Acropolis.
– On the first level there are findings from the Acropolis during the Mycenean and Geometric era, archaic items, architectural structures and sculptures from Propylea, from the temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion, as well as works dating from the late ancient period to the early Christian years.
– Second level: There you will find the restaurant, the Museum’s shop and the bookstore, balconies with view to the main and first level, as well as a digital media area.
– Third level (Parthenon Gallery): it presents the frieze, the metopes and the temple’s pediments. An information centre is also placed on this floor.

Top exhibits:
1. The Caryatids
Caryatids were the women of city Caryes in Arcadia of Peloponnese and are thought to have been the models of certain statues in ancient Greece. Apparently, the beautiful statues supporting the roof of the southern balcony of the Erechtheion (420 B.C) were named after them.

2. The Moschoforos
The statue of a bearded young man with long hair (6th century B.C), who carries a calf to be offered to goddess Athena.

3. Kritias’ Boy
The exceptional statue (480 BC) demonstrating a young man. Its creation is attributed to sculptor Kritias. Whoever was the artist, the way that the statue stands – with the left leg supporting the weight of the whole body – shows that he had a deep understanding of how the different parts of the body act as a system.
Acropolis Museum_Kritios boy

4. Alexander the Great
The Head of Alexander the Great was found near Erechtheion. The statue was probably made by sculptor Leocharis, after the visit of Alexander the Great to Athens, following the battle of Chaeroneia (339 B.C)
Acropolis-Museum_Alexander the great

5. The daughter of Antenor
The marble statue (525 B.C.) is famous for its height (2m) and for its austere facial expression.
Acropolis Museum_Kore_Antenor

6. The Parthenon marbles (444-432 B.C)
The sculptures that used to decorate the Parthenon frieze, created by the sculptor Pheidias, are demonstrated on the third level of the Acropolis Museum. The sculptures are placed in a certain way so as to re-create the frieze as it was originally seen on the Parthenon. So, walking next to the sculptures, the visitors have a real view of how Parthenon looked like in ancient Athens. Thanks to the glass windows and the position of this floor in relation to the monument of Parthenon, visitors have the opportunity to see the marbles and at the same time look at the building of the Parthenon, which stands opposite to the museum! Among others, on the frieze you can see the Panathenaean procession, the Olympian gods and certain metopes depicting scenes of the Centauromachy (battle of centaurs), the Gigantomachy (war of giants), the Amazonomachy (battle of Amazons) and the Trojan War.
The sculptures kept in the British museum are replaced here with plaster copies.

7. Bronze sculpture from the sea of the island of Kalymnos (until 31st March 2017)
The Acropolis Museum, in cooperation with the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities is exhibiting the torso of a bronze statue of a rider which was caught in fishing nets in the marine area of Kalymnos, a location which over the previous years has provided other bronze sculptures. These are original works from the Hellenistic Period that are distinguished by the high standard of their artistic quality.
The bronze sculpture will be displayed in the foyer of the Acropolis Museum until 31 March 2017. In this area no admission ticket is required.
(Source: Acropolis Museum)

Temporary exhibitions:
Pretty often the Acropolis Museum hosts temporary exhibitions as well. Find out more about what’s currently on here.

If you visit the museum with kids:
Baby strollers: Get them from the Museum’s cloakroom. They are vailable for use free of charge.

– Baby changing facility: If needed, you will find it on the north side of the first floor gallery.

– Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts: Get guidance on the exhibits by the Archaeologist-Hosts, who you will find from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the exhibits. They will be happy to accompany you on your personal journey in the ancient and modern worlds, showing you rich visual material, with the assistance of tablets. An Archaeologist-Host is available at the designated location in the Archaic Gallery. In addition, every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 11: 00 a.m. in the reading lounge on the second floor, children and their parents can browse through children’s books about ancient Greece with the Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts and discuss subjects of their choice with them, relating to the exhibition and the lives of the ancient Greeks. Finally, children and their parents can participate in the gallery talks given by the Archaeologist-Hosts.

– Lab: In the Lab on the second floor of the Museum, children and their parents have the opportunity to acquire interesting insights into matters related to ancient technology, the creation of artworks and the production of exact copies, as well as modern workshop applications designed to enhance understanding of the Museum’s exhibits. Various aspects of the objects in the collection, the way they were created, and the environment in which they were presented for the first time, are illustrated with the use of media and material which is continuously being enriched, such as video, original works, a pigment collection, models, media simulations of ancient technology and tools. Here young visitors can admire the imaginative Lego Acropolis model made with 120,000 Lego pieces.

– Family Backpacks: Borrow one of your choice from the Museum’s Information Desk and let your kid discover the exhibits of the museum in an interactive way. To get the backpack you only need to leave an identification card. Backpacks to borrow for free are available on a first-in first-served basis. Alternatively, family backpacks are available in the Museum Shops.
There are two backpacks to choose from:
1) “Archaic Colors”: this includes three different interactive games through which children are invited to discover the Archaic colors. For children from 8 to 11 years old.
2) “In Search of the Goddess Athena”: this includes a game that invites children to discover the Goddess Athena among the exhibits of the permanent collection. Children love this game, as it reminds them of “Treasure Hunt”! For children from 6 to 9 years old.
If you wish, you can read all the detailed information here.

– Family Trails booklets: Use them for an easy and interesting navigation in the musuem!
The specially designed booklets help children and their parents have a pleasant and interesting visit at the Acropolis Museum. The themes and the level of information offered in the activities vary according to the age of the children they are aimed towards. This program’s goal is for children to see some of the Museum’s masterpieces and acquaint themselves with its galleries, as well as develop their awareness, their memory and their imagination, all while having a good time. Families receive the booklets from the Information Desk during Museum opening hours. Family trails are written and designed by the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team for the Acropolis Museum.
The trails require less time and effort than the larger backpack, but still offer guidance for a structured activity in the galleries that makes Museum visits fun.

Restaurant of the museum:
Check out Think Athens article for the restaurant of the museum with a great view on Acropolis here. Kids’ menu available.