Undoubtedly, the Acropolis is the ultimate archaeological site and historical point of interest of Athens. Following a visit to the magnificent monuments atop the Sacred Rock, a visit to the resplendent Acropolis Museum, located only 300 meters from the Acropolis, is 100% recommended and an experience no traveler should miss!
Below, we present you the top 5 reasons why:
1. Gallery Talks
In the museum, you will have the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to admire exhibits unearthed from the slopes of the Acropolis as well as items of unparalleled historical value originating from the monuments on the rock’s top. Some of the most significant are the frieze of the Parthenon and the Caryatids of the Erechtheion. During your visit, the museum’s archaeologists/guides are open to answering questions about the exhibits and the daily life of the people of those days. Moreover, you can attend some presentations of masterworks or selected exhibits. The presentations last 60 minutes and are limited to 30 visitors per session.
2. Interactive Family Games and Backpacks
Even though museums are not so fun for little children, the Acropolis Museum offers many interactive family games (in Greek and English) and backpacks for all family members. Through the specially designed family backpacks, you can learn and discover more about the exhibits in a creative and fun way. You can borrow some from the Museum’s Information Desk or buy them from the Museum’s shop.
3. Shops for Gifts and Reading Lounge
After your tour is completed, you have the chance to purchase a memorable gift or souvenir from the two shops inside the museum. The first shop, where you can find a variety of postcards, paper goods and a wide range of gifts for children, is situated on the ground floor. The other shop is on the second floor and sells various books and gifts. You can also spend some time reading at the reading lounge while admiring exceptional views of the Acropolis.
4. 3D Films and projections
On the ground floor of the Museum, you will find the Virtual Reality Theater, which has a capacity of 40 persons. The Acropolis Museum welcomes its visitors and offers them the opportunity to learn more about the monuments hosted in the museum through 3D video screenings.
5. Cafe and Restaurant with a View
At the end of your visit or during a break from your tour, you can enjoy a meal or refreshment within the museum’s premises. On the second floor, visitors will find a restaurant that serves a children’s menu apart from its standard dishes. While relaxing, you can admire the panoramic views of the Acropolis, especially if you sit outside on the balcony during a nice day. On the ground floor, a small cafe offers views of the archaeological excavation site situated below the museum.
For more information, you can read our guide about the Acropolis Museum.