At the New Acropolis Museum, you will discover the treasures that were found in the archeological site but you will also admire an impressive building of modern design.
The most modern museum in Europe opened its gates to the public in June 2009, 9 years after the invitation to an international contest, the winner of which was the French-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi with Mizali Fotiadis. The main entrance is at the pedestrian area of Dionysiou Areopagitou, however the tourists get off the tourist buses at Chatzichristou Street and they enter from Mitseon Street.
The Acropolis Museum hosts findings from the sacred area of the Acropolis as well as items that were returned. In fact, during the opening, the -at that time- Minister of Culture Antonis Samaras, in a symbolic gesture of the Greek request for the reunion of the Acropolis marbles, placed a piece of marble that was returned from the Museum of the Vatican, into the metope of Parthenon. As you enter the museum, the glass floor brings you into contact with the archeological site that was discovered during the excavation.
The New Acropolis Museum covers a total of 25,000 sq.m. and features exhibitions of 14,000 sq.m., ten times bigger than the old one. The permanent exhibitions occupy 3 floors and are divided into 4 levels, whereas on the 5th there are additional areas such as a cafe, restaurants and gift shops. On the first level you will admire exhibits and findings from the slopes of the Acropolis. At the west and north side of the 1st floor, you can view from up close the panels of the roof and part of the Ionic columns of Propylaia. the sculptures of the frieze and the slab of the Temple of Athena Nike, the sculptures of the frieze of Erechtheion and of course the impressive Karyatides of the temple itself. Be aware that Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion are the most important monuments of the building scheme of Classic Acropolis.
Equally impressive is the room of the Archaic artworks, where the visitor can view the exhibits from all sides since they stand freely in the room. The 2nd floor of the Museum is dedicated to the Parthenon. In the middle of the Parthenon room on the 3rd floor of the Museum, the visitor is able to watch a video presentation featuring Parthenon and its sculptures. In the same room there are exhibits of ancient inscriptions that provide detailed cost accounts of the construction of the Parthenon and the statue of Athena Virgin.