The “Acropolis Museum” in Greece which is a Worldwide–Tourist destination, designed by the Swiss architect, Bernard Tschumi, was founded in 2003 while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. A year later, in June 2009 it opened its gates to the public. More than 4,250 valuable objects are exhibited in an area of 14,000 square meters.
The Greek–Museum, is located beside Parthenon that was built in Ancient Greece, that we can visit and admire today in Acropolis of Athens, is not the first museum for this purpose. In 1874 the first museum of Acropolis was built to display all the ancient Greek artifacts, but successive excavations brought to light many treasures that exceeded the museum’s capacity.
Furthermore there was another, bigger motivation for the construction of a new museum. Greece requested the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the United Kingdom and they suggested that Greece had no suitable location where they could be displayed. In response Greece built that beautiful building as a gallery to repatriate the Marbles.
You can find your way to the museum easily, by simply following the ruins in Dionysius Aeropagitou Street. It is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill and right next to Parthenon.
The Museum has four levels, three of which house the collection of the artifacts of Ancient Greece while in the fourth middle level you can find the museum shop, the cafe and the offices. The top level of the Museum sits askew on the lower levels to achieve the same cardinal orientation as that of the ancient temple on the Acropolis. Since the museum is built over an archaeological site, the floor in and out of it is transparent so that the visitor will be able to see the excavations below. More than seven million people from Greece and around the world have already visited the museum.
It is a really worth visiting place during your vacation in Greece. You will be able to see Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea and findings from Roman and early Christian Athens. Many of the artifacts show the daily life of people, the hunt and the fests that took place quite often. You will have the chance to learn about the pediments and how they were affected by each era. While in the museum you will be able not only to be educated but to be amused too. You can participate in various events such as music events, sculptures maintenance, 3D shows and if you have kids they can be very amused by the games they can play whilst they will learn everything about Ancient Greece.
The University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, have donated – from December 2014 to December 2015 – to the Acropolis Museum a Lego Acropolis model. The model is made from over than 120,000 Lego pieces and took about 300 hours to build by Ryan McNaught.
The “Acropolis Museum” was also awarded many times for its excellent architecture. On 13 May 2010, it was awarded the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Award of Excellence and Sustainability. On 2010, the Museum won the British Guild of Travel Writers’ award in Globe category for the Best Worldwide Tourism Project for 2010. It was among the six finalists competing for the 2011European Union Prize For Contemporary Architecture also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. The Acropolis Museum in Greece was also awarded for its innovative program of the conservation and the restoration of the caryatid by the International Institute for conservation in Vienna, with the Keck Award 2012.
Recently the chairman of the Acropolis of Athens–museum, and former Professor of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Dimitrios Pandermalis commented that even if we knew the upcoming economical crisis, we would still have funded the erection of that admirable “Acropolis museum“, which shows with the most amazing way, the Culture of Greece and in Athens. Also, the Diorama of Parthenon
provides a brilliant representation of what the ancient–citadel of the city of Athens was.