Athens Acropolis Museum reopens to the world
The director of collections and exhibits at the Acropolis of Athens museum addressed the press on Thursday, just before the nation’s reopening to tourists, saying the museum was eager to reopen to the public on Friday the 14th. may.
Stamatia Eleftheratou, the director of the world-famous museum, explained that the closure of the state-of-the-art facility during the last lockdown was actually the perfect opportunity to tackle the big projects that needed to be done.
“This period gave us the opportunity to restore a number of old works and to exhibit others; but mainly to complete a big project, the Digital Acropolis Museum, ”she told reporters.
“It’s a diverse program, with many sectors, one of which was the creation of the new website, whose launch coincided with the lockdown period, giving the Museum the opportunity to address, if not its physical, at least its digital audience, which is just as important, ”she added.
Eleftheratou explained that “The new Acropolis Museum website is not just a website. It is a whole world, which captures the life and activities of the museum. It is also the first museum website in Greece where all of the Acropolis Museum exhibits have been posted.
“In other words, the visitor can find for each exhibition a description, a rich bibliography and a lot of supervision material, ie images and videos – where they exist,” she noted. This is an important distinction at a time when some museums choose not to share all of their collections with the public in order to attract visitors to their exhibits.
The Acropolis Museum is a treasure trove of Greek history from prehistoric times to the greatest days of Greece’s Golden Age. Built on the streets of the ancient city, visitors walk on reinforced glass floors and scrutinize the streets and carefully carved buildings, look back at the history of the city itself.
The huge museum, which reopened to visitors today, covers a total of 25,000 square meters (269,097 feet), of which 14,000 are exhibition spaces.
Besides the permanent exhibition, visitors can also enjoy the temporary “Chisel and Memory” presentation, which shows the remarkable skill of marble workers in restoring Acropolis monuments.
Opened in 2009, the new Acropolis Museum faces the monument from the very heart of the picturesque Plaka district. It is ten times the size of the previous museum, which was built on the Acropolis hill itself.
Stunning natural light is a central element of its architectural design, with its creators aspiring to create a simple and precise museum with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greece.
As explained on the Museum’s website, the visitor’s path through the building forms “a clear three-dimensional loop, providing an architectural walk with a rich spatial experience that spans from archaeological excavations to the Parthenon marbles and through the period. Roman.
On weekends, visitors also have the opportunity to walk around the archaeological excavations that extend below the museum. Guided tours through the daily lives of the people who have lived around Acropolis Hill for over 4,500 years start at 11 a.m. in English and at 1 p.m. in Greek.
Eleftheratou noted that “In addition, our website has a Web page that is specifically aimed at children, with rich activities and imaginative videos and games. In addition, a series of digital, interactive and video applications has been created, which the visitor can view not only in the physical space of the Museum, but also on the Internet.