Grand opening set for the New Acropolis Museum
The New Acropolis Museum is set to make its grand entrance into the elite of international museums during a grand opening lasting one week and the grand finale scheduled for 20 June.
The official grand opening ceremony will take place on 20 June, though there will be extensive promotion on the mass transport system for days in advance. Banners and posters will also make their appearance, while a variety of events will be staged throughout the city. The museum doors open 17 June for cultural journalists and 18 June for scientists and academics, ministry officials and representatives of foreign archaeological schools based in Greece. On 19 June, the museum will be open to foreign journalists.
The climax of events will be on 20 June with the arrival in Athens of state political leaders, prime ministers and international cultural personalities, while the museum and its exhibits will be the subject of international television coverage on the same day.
The public may visit the museum from 21 to 23 June by booking through e-ticketing, limiting entry to 2,550 people in three daily zones over three days. Admission for the rest of 2009 will remain at €1, while in 2010 it will rise to €5. Starting in 2011, admission prices will be broken down into categories for senior citizens, children, students and disabled. The electronic booking system will specify times for museum visits.