Athens’ flagship museum – the Acropolis Museum – has been busy behind closed doors, creating a whole new mini-verse for its youngest visitors to enjoy, both on-site and at home.
Children will be begging their parents for “just a little bit longer” when the world-class museum re-opens post-lockdown with an exciting new Kid’s Corner, pitched at youngsters between 6 and 12 years. The dedicated space, on the second floor of the museum, has been kitted out with digital games and colourful videos that awaken Greek myths, narrate exciting stories and unfold aspects of the daily life of ancient Athenians, in both Greek and English. Kids will also be able to admire the cool LEGO® model of the Acropolis, a hologram of the Goddess Athena Parthenos’ statue and more.
In the meantime, children stuck at home in Athens and all over the world can now dive into an immersive raft of inspiring games, amusing videos and inventive activities on the museum’s new micro-site for kids. The site has been dynamically designed to engage and educate young minds by prompting them to think, discover, play, experiment and make their own creations.
With content available in Greek and English, your child can prepare a healthy snack eaten by the children of ancient Athens thousands of years ago; create three blocks of the west frieze of the Parthenon; make an ancient Greek toy; or embark on a digital mission to save ancient Greek monuments from destruction. There are also memory games and an on-line art gallery that your child can contribute to.
The family-targeted attractions accompany a recent revamp of the Acropolis Museum’s main portal which now presents all artefacts from its permanent exhibition on-line, making them accessible to a global community (including the colour-blind and visually-impaired): the first Greek museum website to undertake this. The digital offering now spans 2,156 artefacts with extensive descriptions, interactive glossary, bibliography, photographs and videos; while artefacts kept in the museum’s storerooms will be added gradually.