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Acropolis Museum

Completed in 2009, this archaeological museum has one of the best displays of Greek antiquities in the world.

TravelCurious Tip

If you’re feeling peckish, check out the museum restaurant – it has some superb local dishes and isn’t too expensive.

Located on the south-eastern slope of the Acropolis, on the site of the ancient road that originally lead to the summit, the Acropolis Museum houses some of the most intriguing Greek antiquities ever discovered. Frequently described as one of the best museums in the world, this is one not to be missed.


Controversial Beginnings

Even when you are approaching it, the museum is impressive. Its large metal-and-glass modernist structure was controversial during the building process, as many believed that its design was ill-suited to an ancient site like the Acropolis. However, construction pushed ahead, and when the museum finally opened in 2009 it was to widespread critical and public acclaim.


A Vast Collection

Today, the museum showcases nearly 4,000 historical artefacts. The first collection you will see is the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, which contains various items from everyday pots to objects used by bizarre religious cults. This gallery also affords intriguing views of an ancient neighborhood, the ruins of which can been seen through the plexiglass floor. The Archaic Gallery is striking in its simplicity; its high ceiling is supported by thick pillars without ornamentation, and the dozens of statues on display are made all the more striking as a result. The Parthenon Gallery displays a short film about the ancient temple – essential viewing for those about to see the building itself.

Also on show in the Acropolis Museum are later pieces, dating from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD. Here you can see portraits and statues of great philosophers, statesmen and famous mythological figures. While these later pieces are not the focus of the museum, this gallery will certainly give you a sense of the importance and breadth of ancient Greek culture.


Nearby Attractions

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Parthenon
Crowning the Acropolis hill, the sublime marble columns of the Parthenon form the most recognisable monument in Athens.
Theatre of Dionysus
One of the earliest preserved theatres in Athens, this space was used during festivals to honour the wine god Dionysus.
Plaka Neighbourhood
Like a village in the city, Athens' charming old town is known as the Neighbourhood of the Gods.
Anafiotika
Populated with small, cubic houses in Cycladic style, this beautiful tiny neighbourhood is part of the historical Plaka area.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
Walk along the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou and have magnificent views of the Acropolis.
Greek Lunch
Experience an all-senses typical Greek Lunch with tastings included.

Related Tours

The Greek Essentials - Full Day Highlights of Athens
If you only have a short amount of time in Athens and want to see as much as possible in one day, then this highlight tour is the one for you. On your all-inclusive, private full day tour of Athens you will:

  • Enjoy personalised attention from your licensed guide on this private tour. 
  • Start the tour with ease and skip the line tickets to the Acropolis. 
  • Admire the Parthenon’s remarkable design, learn about the uses of Acropolis Hill over the centuries, and cross through Acropolis propylaea gate, as the ancients would have done in procession centuries ago.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Greece's most iconic archeological site, including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the the Theatre of Dionysus, where classical works by the most famous Greek poets were first performed in the 5th Century B.C. 
  • Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its famed white staircases, cafes and terraces and see the Lysicrates Monument. 
  • Admire the Tower of the Winds and Roman Agora and marvel at Hadrian's Library
  • Skip the line into the Greek Agora to explore Ancient Greece's economic and political centre.
  • Admire the Temple of Hephaestus, known to be the the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world, and is even older than the Parthenon. 
  • See the Stoa of Attalos, the beautifully reconstructed Ancient Greek Portico, once an ancient shopping mall.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (not included in price) at a place recommended by your guide, which will be off the main tourist drag. 
  • Skip the line and tour the air-conditioned New Acropolis Museum during the heat of the day!
  • See the Parthenon Marbles up close on the Museum's top floor, as you admire breathtaking views over the monument itself.
  • End the tour at the famed Olympic (Panathenaic Stadium), the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble and home to the first modern games in 1896. 
  • This tour includes the "combo ticket"" that will give you skip the line access to the Roman Agora, Kerameikos site & Museum, Lykeion Gymnasium, Hadrian's Library and the Temple of Olympian Zeus during in the 4 days following your tour. 

With your expert guide you will discover the city’s most important cultural sites, including the colossal remains of the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site. On the plateau of the Acropolis you will find the awe-inspiring heights of the Parthenon pillars, gaze on the beautiful female forms of the Caryatid columns, discover on some of the earliest theatres known to man and enjoy panoramic views over the city. Your guide will explain the central role these monuments, and more, played in classical society and immerse you in the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. You will also wander through the Agora, the heart of classical Athens. Once a bustling marketplace, in these now peaceful ruins you’ll walk in Socrates’ footsteps amongst classic temples and Byzantine churches, learning how Athens became the birthplace of democracy.

On your way to lunch at a place recommended by your local guide, explore bustling Plaka, the oldest district in the city. Sometimes called “the neighbourhood of the gods”, Plaka is known for its winding alleyways and scenic shopping. 

After finishing lunch, escape the heat of the day with a visit the spectacular (and air-conditioned) New Acropolis Museum. Here you will learn firsthand the artistic wonders that once adorned the monuments of the Acropolis. Finally, you will also visit the stunningly marbled Panathenaic Stadium. Constructed for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, this immense structure is a strong reminder of the continual legacy of ancient Athens in the modern day. 
Private Half Day Walking Tour: Acropolis, Parthenon and New Acropolis Museum
Uncover the secrets, traditions, and myths of Ancient Greece with a private guide, as you explore the best of its famous ruins. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Acropolis, with tickets included in the tour price. 
  • See the Acropolis and Parthenon without the crowds, if you opt for the earliest tour start time.
  • Have  a comprehensive tour of Greece's most iconic archeological site, including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the the Theatre of Dionysos, where classical works by the most famous Greek poets were first performed in the 5th Century B.C. 
  • Learn about all the ways Acropolis Hill has been used over the centuries.
  • See firsthand the famed Erechtheion temple – the most complex building on the Acropolis.
  • Admire views over Modern Athens and the Ancient Greek Agora.
  • Walk through the Acropolis propylaea gate as the ancients would have done in procession centuries ago.
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the New Acropolis Museum, famed for its architectural design, exhibition experience and incredible collection 
  • See the Parthenon Marbles up close on the Museum's top floor, as you admire breathtaking views over the monument itself. 
  • End the tour in the Museum where you can enjoy a break in on cafe terrace and continue exploring at your own pace. 

Step into the city’s most important cultural sites, which are a UNESCO world heritage site. On the plateau of the Acropolis you’ll find the awe-inspiring heights of the Parthenon pillars, gaze on the beautiful female forms of the Caryatid columns, discover on some of the earliest theatres known to man and enjoy panoramic views over the city. Your guide will explain the central role these monuments, and more, played in classical society, and immerse you in the myths and legends of Ancient Greece.

Your tour will also take you in the spectacular New Acropolis Museum, with skip-the-line entrance. Here you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with the artistic wonders that once adorned the monuments of the Acropolis. You’ll also wander through the Agora, the heart of classical Athens. Once a bustling marketplace, in these now peaceful ruins you’ll walk in Socrates’ footsteps amongst classic temples and Byzantine churches, learning how Athens became the birthplace of democracy. When your tour ends, you can stay in the museum to explore at your own leisure. 
Private Walking Tour of Athens, including Changing of the Guard, Monastiraki, and Plaka
In Athens - one of the world’s finest preserved ancient cities - venturing off the tourist drag is near impossible to perfect without a local guide, and worth every moment of serenity.  On your private walking tour of Athens, you will:

  • Get yourself oriented in the city with the help of a private guide, including helping you navigate the famed Monastiraki area shops and restaurants. 
  • See the highlights of the historical center in a matter of hours, including Athens Cathedral 
  • Enjoy personalised attention from your expert guide, who will be able to answer any of your questions from the city and country’s history to where to enjoy the best dinners
  • See the Greek Changing of the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 
  • Enjoy a coffee and traditional Greek pastry at a local bakery.
  • See some of Ancient Greece's most iconic sites, including Hadrian's Library, Arch and the Roman Agora. 
  • Walk through the charming Plaka district, with its white staircases, cafe's and terraces.
  • End your tour by the Acropolis Museum, which you are free to explore at your own pace. 
Greece’s capital ranks amongst the world’s oldest cities, with history spanning over 3,400 years, and human settlements believed to date back to the 11th millennium BC. Today, the city packs a heady punch of absorbing ancient history and hip, gritty neighbourhoods overlooked by the Acropolis even in Athen’s furthest reaches. 

Enjoy meaningful insights from a local Athenian as you wander the historic centre with a local. As you explore the famed shopping street, Pandrossou street, your guide will give you invaluable recommendations for the artisanal shops which are hidden in plain sight. 

On your walking tour you’ll see several of the major attractions, including: Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, Tower of he Winds, and Lysicrates Monument, all of which your guide will give you the history of. Your guide will take you to one of the oldest bakeries in Athens, where you can enjoy a coffee and a traditional Greek pastry, while jotting down more expert recommendations. Your tour ends in front of the Acropolis, which you are welcome to explore at your own pace. 

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