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The Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens. It is only 300 metres from the Acropolis and approximately two kilometres from Syntagma Square, the main square of the city of Athens. The Museum entrance is located at the beginning of the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, which constitutes the central route for the unified network of the city’s archaeological sites. The Acropolis metro station is on the east side of the Museum site.
The main entrance of the Acropolis Museum is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. There is a drop-off point for tour buses in Hatzichristou Street and the entrance for groups is in Mitseon Street.
Upon arrival at the Museum, visitors go through an x-ray baggage control system. To avoid delays, visitors are asked to avoid carrying large bags and luggage into the Museum.
The cloakroom is located on the ground floor of the Museum, where all backpacks and packages must be deposited. To avoid lengthy delays in queues, such items should not be brought into the Museum. The Museum holds no responsibility for valuables or fragile items deposited in the cloakroom.
Pets are not allowed inside the Museum. Guide and assistance dogs accompanying individuals with disabilities are welcome.
The Museum provides free wifi internet access.
The use of mobile phones is only permitted in the Museum lobby, restaurant and cafe areas.
Photography is permitted in all Museum exhibition areas, except for the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis and the Archaic Acropolis Gallery. No use of flash or any portable equipment such as tripod and lighting kit is allowed inside the Museum. The publication of photographs in any print or electronic media is not permitted. Photographs for personal use can be found here.
Covering more than 300 exhibits and with the help of images, templates, drawings and reconstructions, the Acropolis Museum Official Guide provides a colourful introduction to the richness and diversity of its unique collections and is a perfect companion for visitors who wish to get acquainted with the Museum’s highlights. It is available for purchase in the Museum Shops in four languages (Greek, English, French and German). A Short Guide is also available for purchase in the Museum Shops in five languages (Greek, English, French, German and Spanish). This Guide can be found in Braille (Greek and English) for loan at the Museum’s Information Desk.
The Museum does not organize guided tours but suggests that visitors find a guide through the Association of Licensed Tourist Guides if they require one.
The Information Desk is located on the ground floor of the Museum, near the Ticket Desk, and operates during Museum opening hours. Here visitors can obtain a free Museum map in eight languages (Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese), as well as comments and lost property forms.
The Acropolis Museum hosts a shop on the ground level, featuring a broad selection of postcards, stationery and the Museum’s children’s gift range. The Museum’s second floor shop offers a wide range of book titles on the Acropolis and related topics, as well as functional items and gifts. Shops operate during Museum opening hours. For visitor access to the ground floor Shop, the purchase of a ticket is not required. For visitor access to the second floor Shop, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk. Learn more...
There is a cafe on the ground floor level of the Museum, overlooking the archaeological excavation, and a restaurant on the second floor, with panoramic views of the Acropolis (open 8.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.). The Museum provides free wifi internet access for its patrons. For visitor access to the ground floor Café, the purchase of a ticket is not required. For visitor access to the second floor Restaurant, a free admission ticket is required from the Ticket Desk. Learn more...
The Museum offers a reading lounge on the second floor with views of the Caryatids and the Hekatompedos Pediment where visitors can relax on comfortable chairs and browse through books on the Acropolis and the classical world. Visitors can bring their personal laptop or tablet. Free wifi internet access is available.
In the Lab on the second floor of the Museum, visitors have the opportunity to acquire interesting insights into matters related to ancient technology, the creation of artworks and the production of exact copies, as well as modern workshop applications designed to enhance understanding of the Museum’s exhibits. Various aspects of the objects in the collection, the way they were created, and the environment in which they were presented for the first time, are illustrated with the use of media and material which is continuously being enriched, such as video, original works, a pigment collection, models, media simulations of ancient technology and tools. Here visitors can admire the imaginative Lego Acropolis model made with 120,000 Lego pieces.
Archaeologist-Hosts in the Museum’s Galleries
Visitors to the Acropolis Museum can talk to the Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts and discuss subjects of their choice related to the exhibition, the Museum itself, and life in antiquity in relation to modern society. Archaeologist-Hosts can be found from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the exhibits and can accompany visitors on their personal journey in the ancient and modern worlds showing them rich visual material, with the assistance of tablets. An Archaeologist-Host is available at a designated location in the Archaic Gallery. At this spot, visitors have the opportunity to look at and handle materials, tools, experiments, and imitations of ancient works of art associated with the Museum’s collection and antiquity.
Archaeologist-Hosts in the Museum’s Reading Lounge
At the Acropolis Museum visitors can combine the Museum experience with both books and archaeologists. In the Museum’s Reading Lounge, every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., visitors can browse through books about ancient Greece for all ages and discuss subjects of their choice related to the exhibition and the lives of the ancient Greeks, with the Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts. Archaeologists-Hosts can accompany visitors on their personal journey in the ancient and modern worlds showing them rich visual material with the use of tablets and providing bibliographic support.
The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits, held by Archaeologist-Hosts. Additionally, Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about the Museum exhibits every day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Visitors can find them by looking for staff wearing ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas. Read more about the gallery talks and find out about the current and forthcoming program of gallery talks.