It's a great summer to be an archaeology-addict in Athens. Athens’ world-class museums have re-opened again (to be savoured without the usual summer crowds); and the Acropolis Museum, among the fairest of all, just blew out 11 candles in June. To mark their birthday, you can check out the temporary photographic exhibition Chisel and Memory for free (until the end of September) or book your slot for one of the illuminating free weekly gallery talks and walks, hosted by an archaeologist (and available in English). All sessions are limited to 10 per session (register at the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day on a first-in, first-served basis). You’ll need to wear a mask and use the museum’s whisper guide system headsets. There are 3 unmissable experiences to choose from:
Explore the ancient neighbourhood beneath the Acropolis Museum
Wander through the archaeological excavation which stretches underneath the museum, like a giant exhibit. You’ll walk on ancient neighbourhood streets, take a closer look at the houses with their courtyards and wells, enter the heart of the impressive mansions with their private baths, and examine the workshops with the water reservoirs - on this magical stroll back through time and the daily lives of those who lived in the shadow of the Acropolis’ rock for over 4,500 years.
Greek: every Saturday & Sunday, at 1 pm
English: every Saturday & Sunday, at 11 am
Duration: 45 minutes
The lost statue of Athena Parthenos
Made of gold and ivory, this ancient masterpiece was designed by Phidias for the Parthenon. Learn about its construction and myths, its radiance and adventures.
Greek: every Friday at 1 pm
English: every Friday at 11 am
Duration: 50 minutes
A walk through the museum with an archaeologist
Take an evening stroll with an archaeologist through the museum’s exhibition galleries, with various stops and discussions.
Greek: every Friday, at 8 pm
English: every Friday, at 6 pm
Duration: 60 minutes