Site 8: The New Acropolis Museum

The Νew Acropolis Museum is a new modern-architecture building that was constructed in 2009, and exhibits more than 4.000 artifacts from the ancient area of the Acropolis hill.

It is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens. It is only 300 meters from the Acropolis and approximately 2 kilometers from Syntagma, Athens main city square.

Masterpieces from the Archaic and Classical era

The Νew Museum was designed with two objectives: the first to offer the best conditions for the exhibition of its exhibits and secondly to be a Museum that welcomes and befriends its visitors.

A walk through its galleries is a walk through history – between the masterpieces of the Archaic and Classical periods, but also in the ancient neighborhoods of Athens.

The museum's collections

The guests can absolutely visit all the permanent collections of galleries:

  • The Parthenon Gallery:
    In this gallery the guests can view the sculptural decoration of the monument, the ancient marble inscriptions recording detailed cost records of the construction of the Parthenon and the statue of Athena Parthenos. As a result, visitors are informed on how democratic bodies functioned in the 5th century BC.
  • The Archaic Gallery:
    This gallery contains many exhibits from the archaic period, throughout the 7th century BC, until the end of the Persian Wars. This period is characterized by the transition of Athens from aristocracy to democracy. The Young Women (Korai), the Horse Riders (Hippeis) and many other marble inscriptions provide a picture of the city in that period. 
  • The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis:
    In this gallery, the guests can view many finds from the sanctuaries and the settlements located in the slopes of the hill of Acropolis from all the historic periods of the city.
  • Propylaia, Athena Nike, Erechtheion:
    This gallery is amazing because the guests can enjoy the Caryatids – or Korai of the Erechtheion, the coffered ceiling of the Propylaia and the sculptures from the parapet of the temple of Athena Nike. The main monuments - except the Parthenon - that constitute the Classical Acropolis are the Propylaia, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.
  • From the 5th c. BC to the 5th c. AD:
    In this gallery the guests can enjoy impressive portraits, roman copies of classical masterpieces and depictions of philosophers, gods, heroes and historical figures are the exhibits covering the period from the 5th century BC until 5th century AD.

The new Acropolis Museum, although it is the most modern of all sites you will visit, was constructed as a tribute to all archaeological monuments in Athens. It hosts various archaeological findings from this area. Just at walking distance from the Parthenon in Athens, it has become one of the most important sites in Athens, that you have to visit! Even by train!

Make a reservation

Related Links - References