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The New Acropolis Museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, in Athens historic area of Makriyianni. It stands less than a 300m away from the Parthenon which can be viewed from the glass gallery. It opened on June 20th, 2009 after 30 years of planning. It is designed in a way that allows visitors to see all the exhibits in natural light and incorporates a number of on-site excavations including a large urban settlement dated from the Archaic to Early Christian Athens.

The first museum was on the Acropolis. It was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, the excavation of new artifacts exceeded its original capacity. An additional motivation for the construction of a new museum was that in the past, when Greece has requested the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom, to which they had been carried away, some British officials have proclaimed that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed. Creation of a gallery for the display of the Parthenon Marbles has been key to all recent proposals for the design of a new museum.

USEFUL INFORMATION

15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, T.K. 11742, Athens
Telephone
: +30 210 9000900
EMail
: info@theacropolismuseum.gr
Website
: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/?pname=Home&la=2
Ticket: €5
Open: Monday: closed, Tuesday-Sunday: 08:00-20:00
Holidays: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25 December, 26 December.

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