We are celebrating! International Museum Day 2021 at the Acropolis Museum

Great news! The Museum is finally open and on Tuesday May 18th - International Museum Day - we are celebrating and we have prepared a special treat for you! Watch the digital application "Virtual tour of the Acropolis Museum", a 360ᵒ video especially designed to give you the feeling that you are touring the Museum on the spot! Go to the Museum’s website: https://theacropolismuseum.gr/en/multimedia/virtual-tour-acropolis-museum. If however you are visiting Greece and you are nearby, come with your family and tour the Museum’s exhibition from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on this special day for free. You can also visit the ruins of an ancient neighborhood at the Museum’s lower level and our archaeologists will answer every question you might have about the ancient site.

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Our friendly Museum visitors are slowly arriving!

As the first sunny warm days appear in Athens, our old familiar friends also appear in the Museum’s grassy forecourt.  Yes, our loveable tortoises! At their own slow stable pace, they wander around the Museum grounds, unbothered. They seem to be clear on where they are going and with their gentle persistence they make it there! If you need convincing of how successful the tortoises’ determination makes them, you just need to ask the Hare from Aesop’s fable ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’! That silly hare thought that the slow walking tortoise was easy to beat! Well, the tortoise showed him! For the ancient Greeks the tortoise was precious! They believed that the little animal warded off evil, and that its stable persistence represented a symbol of strength. That’s why the tortoise’s image is seen in the Museum decorating some of the ancient objects.  Now according to our sources, (Greek myths), the tortoise was once a young woman called Heloni.  She was cursed to carry a shell on her back with her four legs, as punishment for her rude behavior to the famous god Zeus and his wife Hera.

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Α Kid’s Corner awaits you at the Acropolis Museum!

The Museum might be closed for now because of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic but we have great news! When the Museum reopens its doors, there’s an exciting new space waiting for you if you are a kid aged 6 – 12! It’s a specially designed area - the brand new Kid’s Corner - on the Museum’s second floor that has been fitted out with computers with touch screens for digital game play, the LEGO® model of the Acropolis, a hologram of the Goddess Athena Parthenos’ statue and much more! Before the Museum’s closing, a group of young friends of the Museum came to test the space out. You can see them below in action!  Provided that you can visit the Acropolis Museum, don’t miss the Kid’s Corner! There, surrounded by the exhibits from the ancient Acropolis, you can become the hero Hercules in the Gigantomachy or a time traveler on a sacred mission and live historic moments with a (friendly) snake up on the Acropolis! But have no fear, all this is always under the watchful eye of our 3D Goddess Athena!

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The Acropolis with LEGΟ® bricks and a lot of imagination

Gandalf (aka Lord of the Rings) has been seen at the Athenian Acropolis and not far away Alexander the Great is currently chatting with Diogenes the philosopher too! Oh and look, right here, the gods of Olympus, Poseidon and Athena, are having their famous battle for the right to be the protector of the city of Athens!

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