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.
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.
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