The Acropolis Museum

Museum Type History & Archaeology
City Athens
Telephone210-3214172, 210-3236665, 210-9238724
Fax 210-9239023
Museum Description

It is one of the most important museums in the world. It temporarily houses masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization, dedicated to the most important of the Athenian sanctuaries, the "temenos" of Athena Parthenos. Preparations for the erection of the New Acropolis Museum have already begun.

Many of the unique works of art that ornamented the Acropolis have been stolen and transferred abroad. The worst plundering of the monuments took place in the beginning of the 19th century by Lord Elgin.

The museum was designed by the architect Panages Kalkos and constructed between 1865 and 1874. In the 1950's it was extended towards the east and the exhibition was rearranged by the archaeologist I. Meliades. The museum contains only the stone sculptures from the monuments of the Acropolis and from the excavations on the site. Since the beginning of the excavations, the vases and the bronzes have been kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, while the inscriptions are housed in the Epigraphical Museum.

The collections of the museum include:

- Sculptural offerings of the Archaic period
- Pediments of temples dated to the Archaic period
- Archaic Horsemen
- Sculptures of the "Severe" style
- Pediments and metopes from the Parthenon
- The Parthenon frieze
- The Erechtheion frieze
- Parapets of the Athena Nike temple
- Frieze of the Athena Nike temple
- The Caryatids
- Clay figurines and vases from the sanctuary of the Nymphs.

Full admission: € 12
Reduced admission: € 6
(students from countries outside the E.U., citizens of the E.U. aged over 65)
Free admission:
- persons under 18 university students
Monday: 11.00-15.00(1.1-31.3.05)
From November 1st,2004 to December 12th,2004: 08.00-17.00-Monday: 11.00-17.00

January 6th, Shrove Monday, Holy Saturday,
Holy Spirit Day, October 28th, : 08.30-15.00

The Moschophoros (calf-bearer). Archaic statue of a bearded man carrying a calf on his shoulders. The eyes of the figure were inset. According to the inscription on the base, it was offered by Rhombos. Dated to 570 B.C. Inv. no. 624.

Relief of the "Mourning Athena". The goddess is clad in an Attic peplos with a belt and slightly bends her head towards the stele depicted in front of her. Dated to ca. 460 B.C. Inv. no. 695.

Section of the Parthenon frieze coming from the east part of the building. The relief representation depicts the gods Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Eros. Inv. no. 856.

The Caryatids. Statues of young women clad in peplos. They supported the roof of the south porch of the Erechtheion, and probably were the work of Alkamenes, a student of the great sculptor Pheidias. Dated to ca. 420 B.C. Inv. no. 15000-15003

Relief parapet from the Nike Temple. One of the parapets that flanked the three sides of the area around the temple of Athena Nike. Young Nike is shown with her wings half-stretched, bending to bind or unbind her sandal. Dated to ca. 410 B.C. Inv. no. 973.

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