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Acropolis Museum Extends Hours for European Night of Museums Celebration

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The Acropolis Museum will remain open later and offer free admission in celebration of the European Night of Museums. Credit: Acropolis Museum

On Saturday, May 13, the Acropolis Museum will celebrate the European Night of Museums by staying open from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Visitors to the museum will have an opportunity to appreciate the many antiquities on display during the evening or grab something to eat at the second floor restaurant which will also remain open longer than usual.

Free admission to the Acropolis Museum will be available between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

European Night of Museums

During the European Night of Museums, museums in numerous countries across the continent open their doors for free in the evening and late into the night, providing a range of activities and exclusive exhibits.

The European Night of Museums was first organized by France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2005. Museums from 39 member countries from the Council of Europe take part in the annual celebration.

The theme for this year, “Museums, sustainability, and quality of life”, emphasizes the role of museums in providing children with opportunities for entertainment, creativity, and socialization, among other things.

As part of the celebrations, the museum will host a Children’s Corner which will function as a special space on the second floor where youngsters can interact with videos and touch-screens that will educate them about the lives of ancient Athenians.

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum, which first opened to the public in 2009, is only 330 meters (1,000 feet) from the famed hill of the same name and houses some of the world’s most important antiquities.

The museum was created by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis in such a way that it offers a striking panoramic view of the archaeological sites from which its exhibits came. Trip Advisor has ranked it as one of the top ten museums in the world.

The much-awarded museum is now home to more than three thousand exhibits from the ancient Athenian citadel known as the Acropolis.

Divided into three sections, the lowest level consists of columns that hold a glass floor from which one can look down on an archaeological excavation site of the ancient city of Athens.

The middle level of the museum houses galleries from Greece’s Archaic period to the Roman Empire.

The third level is a rectangular court that depicts the marble sculptures just as they would have been arranged approximately 2,500 years ago in the Parthenon.

Some of the Acropolis Museum’s most notable exhibits include the Propylaea, the monumental gateway to the Acropolis, and the Parthenon Gallery, which houses exquisite sculptures and friezes from the temple’s pediments.

Visitors can also see the Caryatids, the beautiful columns in the Erechtheion temple’s southern porch, which are replicas of the original columns that were removed for preservation purposes.

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