20 June 2021

12 years Acropolis Museum


On Sunday 20 June 2021 the Acropolis Museum celebrates its twelfth anniversary, having undergone its most difficult year to date, as it remained closed to the public for more than six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Acropolis Museum, now refreshed and renewed, welcomes its visitors on the day of its birthday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., with reduced entry (5 euro) to all exhibition areas. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the new thematic presentation “Marathon-Salamis. In traces of myth and history”.

In this presentation, visitors will discuss with the Museum’s archaeologists about the Persian wars and their significance for the western world, the colliding opponents and the role played by gods and goddesses, the importance of the Marathon battle in the victory of the Salamis naval battle, the price paid by the Acropolis and how it was transfigured into creation and, finally, how the great moments of history are depicted in the exhibits of the Acropolis Museum.

Greek * 12 noon, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
English * 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Registration Please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served. Limited to 8 visitors per session.
Health protection measures It is necessary to wear a protective mask (not provided by the Museum) and to use the whisper guide system headsets (provided by the Museum).
Price The general admission fee (5 euro for this particular day) to the Museum is required.

* Following the Museum’s birthday, this thematic presentation will be offered to Museum visitors every Friday and every Sunday.

Ναός Αθηνάς Νίκης. Νότια ζωφόρος. Γωνιαίος λίθος α (Ακρ. 18135 νότια όψη)

Athena Nike Temple. South frieze. Corner block a (Ακρ. 18135 south side)
The south frieze of the Temple of Athena Nike most probably depicts the Greeks’ victorious battle against the Persians at Marathon in 490 BC, where the Athenians played a leading role. On the left of its south side a Greek hoplite comes in aid of one of his comrades, who falls down after he was hit by the arrow of a Persian archer depicted on the right, at the other side of the block. In the centre, another Greek with a shield in his left hand chases after a Persian horseman while another Persian lies dead on the ground. Read more.


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