The New Museum of the Acropolis
The New Museum of the ACROPOLIS on the south foothills of the Sacred Rock opened in 1st July 2009. Entrance fee from January 1st 2010: 5€. Entrance is free for Children up to 18.
For the first time after the completion of the archaeological excavations on the rock, all important findings of the Acropolis will be exhibited together within a single area of 14.000 square meters with the main aim of narrating the history of the Acropolis and its foothills.
From prehistoric to classical times and then to Hellenistic, Roman and up to later antiquity, the rich collections of the museum will convey to the visitor the presence of man at the Acropolis.
At the same time, the extensive ruins of the Ancient city of Athens, brought to surface at the site where the Museum is built, will enrich the exhibition programme.
The archaeological excavation at the base of the Museum, the linking of the top part of the building - the Parthenon Room - with the temple a top of the hill and the exhibits themselves have determined the architecture of the Museum, which gives the impression of being suspended as it is supported by more than 100 pillars, thus creating an impressive protective shell for the archaeological excavation.
The New Museum of the Acropolis will provide services that can be expected from a 21st century museum. Service areas prevail on the ground floor. The visitors enters into a large anteroom housing a sales shop, a refreshment stand overlooking the archaeological excavation, a 200-seat amphitheatre, an area of periodic exhibitions and a virtual reality room.
The entresol has a gallery with multimedia and a restaurant providing a panoramic view of the Acropolis. Provisions have been made for the easy access of persons with special needs. The New Museum of the Acropolis is situated in the historic area of Makriyannis, southeast of the Rock just opposite the Dionysus theatre.