Greece’s National Archaeological Museum and the Atenistas community have got together to organize what they have called an “archaeological treasure hunt” that will take place in Athens this Sunday, as part of a year of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the museum’s foundation.
The activity begins in the city center on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., at the Old Parliament building on the corner of Stadiou and Kolokotroni streets near Syntagma, and is scheduled to continue until 4 p.m. All those wishing to take part in this alternative exploration of the city center can obtain the map showing the 12 points along the route between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in order to start their “hunt.”
The map will provide information about artifacts discovered in each location and what each area was like in antiquity, as well as outlining how the items were later discovered. Participants in the treasure hunt that collect all 12 stickers along its route can then visit the museum free of charge between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The “archaeological treasure hunt” will continue inside the NAM galleries, with a “close encounters” introduction to the 12 antiquities “discovered” along the route and meetings with museum archaeologists. The first 60 people who reach the museum with all the stickers collected will also win copies of NAM publications.
Athens is a modern metropolis but also a city steeped in history. As well as the better-known archaeological sites, its streets contain lesser known surprises and secrets, where antiquities have come to light in unexpected places and are now preserved in the NAM. The treasure hunt reveals many of these hidden spots and gives us a rare insight into the lives of the ancient people that once lived there.