Many people call it the New Acropolis Museum to differentiate it from the old one but it is the only Acropolis Museum and there is no old museum anymore. The previous Acropolis Museum was located on top of the Acropolis behind the Parthenon until it closed in 2008 and all the items were transferred to the new building which was inaugurated on June 20, 2009.
THE EXHIBITION ROOMS
The magnificent artifacts of the Acropolis, which are chronologically displayed, are spread throughout three floors which the visitor ascends as if ascending the Acropolis itself. The third floor, surrounded by glass, is dedicated to the Parthenon, which you can see in all its splendor, especially if you happen to be there at night and the lights shine brilliantly on the marble columns of the Parthenon. Picture taking is prohibited in the museum and all short descriptions under the displays are written in Greek and in English. One of the most unique and interesting design characteristics of the museum are the glass floors that were placed securely over the excavation site depicting the layers of the ancient city of Athens and which you will enjoy walking over in the garden and the ground floor.
The Museum has one coffee shop on the ground floor where you can get a snack or a drink either before you begin your visit, or at the end of it. It also has a lovely restaurant located on the second floor offering delicious Greek cuisine and light meals and with a fantastic view to the Acropolis. The restaurant remains open until 00:00 on Friday nights. Picture taking of the Acropolis is permitted on the terrace of the restaurant. There is also a spacious free WiFi center directly outside the restaurant. Restrooms are located on all floors and are clearly marked. The museum is also handicap and wheelchair friendly.
On the ground floor as well as on the second floor you will find the two Museum shops with books and very tasteful souvenirs.
The cloakroom is on the ground floor. You can leave coats, handbags, and anything that is a burden for you during your visit. You will not be permitted to take large handbags or backpacks with you in the main halls of the museum but you may leave them at the cloakroom free of charge.
TICKETS: There is no need to purchase tickets in advance on an individual basis since there are many cashiers and the service is good and quick but if you are a family or a group of more than 15 people then you will have to make arrangements with museum officials to visit the museum at a certain time.
TICKET COST: Entrance tickets cost 5 Euro for adults and 3 Euro for students or teenagers while children under five are free of charge.
Summer season hours (1 April – 31 October)
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday/Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
Winter season hours (1 November – 31 March)
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last admission: 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)
If you like to enjoy a guided tour inside the Acropolis Museum with excellent licensed tour guides then “the new Acropolis Museum tour ” or “the City tour Acropolis and Acropolis Museum” are an excellent option for you.