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Where: Acropolis Museum
When: On now - 31 May 2018
Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum

The Acropolis Museum hold events to enhance visitors experiences of the museum including complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the exhibits.

Duration: 60 minutes

*Free with the price of normal admission

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Gallery Talks at the Acropolis Museum explains the journey the museum takes you on. Photograph: Why Athens

Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per session (first in best dressed). Register on the day at information desk located at the entrance of the museum

Meeting point with the archaeologist/host: glass floor, ground level.



On now to 30 April 2018

The Acropolis Museum will display ancient pieces on loan from the Museum of Shanghai on its ground floor gallery through to 30 April 2018. The pieces date back as far as the 17th century BC and visitors can view these items along with an educational video free of charge upon entering the museums entrance.

Shanghai Museum Acropolis Museum Events Chinese Scroll

Shanghai Museum Acropolis Museum Events Exhibition

Top: an illustrated paper roller of the Chinese painter Wu Hong of the Xing Dynasty (17th century BC) titled “Traveling along the Transfiguration River”. The cylinder depicts a peaceful landscape with mountains, rivers, farmhouses, kiosks, bridges, boats and human forms among them, describing a world of ideal or a paradise that in Chinese is called shi-wai-tao-yuan. Bottom: a bronze ceremonial basin of the 7th century. B.C. which was made for Princess Zi Zhong Jiang and served as a water pot for hand washing before rites and banquets.



On now to 31 May 2018

The Acropolis Museum presents a new temporary exhibition, Eleusis and the Great Mysteries.

The Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek: Ἐλευσίνια Μυστήρια) were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis (Greek: Elefsina), a municipality approximately 18 kilometres (11 miles) northwest from the centre of Athens. They are the most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece.

Acropolis Museum Events Eleusis

L to R: votive relief depicting Demeter and Kore (470-450 BC), a ceremonial vase, statue of the Fleeing Persephone (circa 480 BC)

Visitors will see the most important artefacts brought to light by the archaeological excavation in Elefsina, such as the unique statue of the Fleeing Persephone (around 480 BC), the votive relief depicting Demeter and Kore (Persephone)(470-450 BC) and ceremonial vessels, such as kernos, plemochoe and thymiaterion, as well as monuments depicting the leading figures of the great mysteries, Hierophant and Dadouchos.

The exhibition space is designed to resemble the ancient sanctuary’s Telesterion including a small-scale version of the dark Anaktoron where visitors can watch a 15-minute video presentation with aerial photography of the Sacred Way and the archaeological site of Eleusis.



Every Friday evening from 8pm

Some of the city’s best Jazz musicians will perform at the Acropolis Museum Restaurant every Friday evening until the end of December. Guests will enjoy dinner and live Jazz performances with magnificent views of the Acropolis.

Acropolis Museum Events Restaurant

The museum’s restaurant will remain open until midnight. Dinner reservations are advisable. Walk-ins welcome for drinks and desserts.

Why Athens Tip: The Acropolis Museum remains open on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m making the restaurant a perfect place for a late dinner.

Each Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 4pm, visitors to the restaurant will have the pleasure of coffee or lunch accompanied by the melodies of harpist Thodoris Matoulas performing Greek classics and works by other famous composers.

Acropolis Museum Events Harpist

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