The Acropolis Museum opened its doors in 2009 and hosts the most completed exhibition of findings and preserved treasures of the Acropolis of Athens. The original museum was on the Acropolis; it was completed in 1874 and underwent a moderate expansion in the 1950s. However, successive excavations on the Acropolis uncovered many new artifacts which significantly exceeded its original capacity.
The museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, on the ancient road that led up to the “sacred rock” in classical times. Set only 280 meters, away from the Parthenon, and a mere 400 meters walking distance from it, the museum is the largest modern building erected so close to the ancient site. The entrance to the building is on 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou street, Makriyianni area and directly adjacent to the Acropolis Station, line 2 of the Athens Metro. The Acropolis Museum is located about 25 minutes walking distance from the O&B Athens Boutique Hotel.
The 5 exquisite collections hosted at the Museum contain findings from the slopes of the Acropolis, works of the Archaic Era, the Classical Acropolis, the post-Parthenon and the Roman Period. The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices. On the first level of the museum there are the findings of the slopes of the Acropolis.
The long and rectangular hall whose floor is sloping, resembles the ascension to the rock. Then, the visitor is found at the large trapezoidal hall which accommodates the archaic findings. On the same floor there are also the artifacts and sculptures from the other Acropolis buildings such as the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea and findings from Roman and early Christian Athens. However the visitor is intended to see the latter during descent so as to keep the chronological order because he will first be directed to the last level of the Parthenon marbles.
The Parthenon hall has the same orientation with the temple on the Acropolis and the use of glass allows the natural light to enter. In the centre of the Parthenon Gallery on the 3rd floor, visitors may observe a video presentation about the Parthenon and the sculptural decoration of the monument.
Acropolis Museum: www.theacropolismuseum.gr