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Acropolis Museum Opens in Athens

The New Acropolis Museum has opened in Athens, displaying antiquities telling the story of life on the Athenian Acropolis and its surrounding area.


June 24, 2009

The Acropolis Museum's Archaic Gallery.

The Acropolis Museum's Archaic Gallery.

The New Acropolis Museum has opened in Athens, displaying antiquities telling the story of life on the Athenian Acropolis and its surrounding area.

With exhibition space totalling over 150,000 sq. ft., the museum displays about 4,000 artefacts, culled from collections featured in multiple institutions, including the original Acropolis Museum, built in the 19th century.

The collections provide visitors with a picture of the human presence on the Acropolis, from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.

Also on display is an archeological excavation, on the site of the museum itself, which includes ruins from the 4th through 7th centuries A.D., left intact and visible through the glass-bottomed first floor.

The museum stands about 1,000 ft. southeast of the Parthenon and features a 180-seat auditorium equipped with projection facilities and translation booth.

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