The New Acropolis Museum

20 04 2010

Day 2: Athens

We took the day to try navigating the city on our own.  After visiting Syntagma, the more modern part of the city (no great shakes there, but apparently they really like H&M since there were 2 or 3 within walking distance of each other), we returned back to the older parts to visit the new Acropolis Museum.

The new Acropolis Museum was completed and officially opened in June 2009.  It is situated on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and other various ruins.  As a result, the museum itself is suspended above the ruins with glass floors and walkway openings that allow visitors to view the ruins below the building.

In this museum you can view the original Caryatids from the Erechtheion and plaster casts of the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles that are in the British Museum.  The third floor of the museum showcases the friezes and pediment sculptures from the Parthenon in their original configuration around the structure of the Parthenon.

Photography is not allowed inside the museum, but there are pictures of some of the exhibits in the museum on their website.  Here are some photos taken of the ruins below the museum as seen from the entrance.

Entrance walkway to the Acropolis Museum

View of the ruins through a glass floor panel near the entrance

View of the ruins to the East of the museum entrance

More ruins and a view of the landscaping on the East side

Next up: A revisit of the Odeon of Herod Atticus from a different angle, the Tower of the Winds, and a marble-paved street!