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August’s Full Moon Events At Athens’ Acropolis Museum

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August’s full Moon at the Acropolis will be celebrated at the Acropolis Museum on August 21 and 22. Credit: Andreas Messimeris/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

August’s Full Moon will be celebrated at the Acropolis Museum in Athens with access to all exhibition areas to mark the annual spectacle that is seen above the most iconic landmark in the world. Those fortunate to make reservations in the restaurant of the Museum will also be able to enjoy dinner and drinks as they gaze at the Moon over the Acropolis that evening.

On the occasion of this year’s August Full Moon, the Acropolis Museum will offer to its visitors the opportunity to enjoy the Museum exhibits as follows:

On Saturday August 21, the Museum’s exhibition areas will remain open from 8 Am to 8 PM, with free entry to all visitors, as part of the Museum’s participation in the “Greece 2021” initiative, which celebrates the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.

The Museum’s second floor restaurant will be open until 12 midnight and visitors will be able to enjoy the moon from the terrace for dinner and drinks in the most spectacular setting imaginable. For reservations for this event, please call +30 210 9000915.

Acropolis Museum Open for Extended Hours, Gallery Talks

On Sunday, August 22, the Museum exhibition areas will remain open from 8 AM all the way to 10 PM. The second floor restaurant will also be open during the same hours. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the gallery talk called “Afternoons in the Acropolis Museum,” where they can learn more about the fascinating stories hidden in the treasures of the Museum’s galleries.

The talks will be given in English at 6 PM and in Greek 8 PM. Each talk lasts one hour. Participation will be limited to ten visitors per session. For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the day. This will be a first-come, first served event.

As part of ongoing health protection measures, it is necessary to wear a mask (which will not be provided by the Museum) and to use the “whisper guide system” headsets, which are provided by the Museum.

The cost for the talks will be 10 euros.

All morning Saturday and Sunday gallery talks will be held as usual. For more information on the talks, please visit the Museum’s website, here. 

Acropolis Museum’s new presentation on Marathon and Salamis

On the Museum’s birthday back in June it opened a new thematic exhibit to the public, titled “Marathon – Salamis : In Traces of Myth and History.”

This exciting new feature offered to guests allows visitors to discuss the Persian wars with the Museum’s archaeologists. The wars are considered through the lens of their impact on the western world and the importance of the Battle of Marathon in the later victory of the Greek forces at Salamis.

It also takes a look at the combatants and the role played by the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology in the psyches of the combatants, as well as the destruction of the Acropolis and the rebirth it experienced following the Greek victory. Finally, visitors and archaeologists discuss how these themes are presented within the museum itself.

The thematic presentation will continue after the Museum’s birthday, offered to visitors every Friday and Sunday. There is a cap on each session of eight individuals and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

These sessions are offered in both Greek and English in order for them to be accessible to a wide variety of guests.

Museum forced to close for more than half the year

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Acropolis Museum and all other cultural centers in Greece was forced to close for more than six months straight. This obviously had a huge impact which one would presume to be negative; however, it seems that the Museum successfully made lemonade out of lemons.

Ahead of the museum’s reopening on May 14 following a long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Stamatia Eleftheratou, the world-renowned museum’s director, spoke to the press.

Eleftheratou explained that the state of the art facility’s closure during the most recent lockdown actually provided the perfect opportunity to tackle major projects that needed to be done.

“This period gave us the opportunity to restore a number of ancient works and to exhibit some others; but mainly to complete a large project, the Digital Acropolis Museum,” she told the press.

“It is a diverse program, with many sectors, one of which was the creation of the new website, the launch of which coincided with the lockdown period, giving the Museum the opportunity to address, if not its physical, at least its digital audience, which is just as large,” she added.

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