"Acropolis Museum" Acropolis Museum Tip by iaint

Acropolis Museum, Athens: 31 reviews and 77 photos

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      the entrance
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      finished? or work in progress?
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Just opened in 2009. A spectacular building, built over ongoing excavations (see photos). If you?re into Greek antiquities and/or history it must be 7th heaven. I?m not, so I was there out of general curiosity.

No photography allowed inside, so I can?t help with a sneak preview. Maybe on the website...

As an aside, in places like this where it is made clear at every stage that photography is not allowed, why do people still do it? Are they thick? Ignorant? Both?

The collection is pretty spectacular, I?ll admit. The controversy surrounds what?s missing. The Elgin Marbles. These comprise 2/3 (that?s two thirds) of the sculptures etc which adorned the Parthenon, removed (?seized? is the word used in Greece) in 1799 by the Earl of Elgin and then sold to the British Museum. The Greeks want them back. The English want to keep them. The museum has been built to accommodate them, as leverage in the tussle.

The Elgin family live near me, and probably claim to be Scots (the kind who sold Scotland to the English). I?m with the Greeks on this one. No question.

Entry was ?5.

Address: 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens 11742
Directions: Right next to the Acropolis Metro station, just south of the Acropolis.
Phone: 210 9000900
Website: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr

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  • Written Dec 26, 2010
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