The country of Greece is known for its rich history and stunning archaeological sites that draw in tourists each year from all around the globe. Many people think of going to Greece in order to climb to the top of The Acropolis or head to the island of Santorini with its famous blue, domed rooftops to search for the long lost city of Atlantis beneath the water’s crystal clear waves. There is so much more to experience beyond the picture perfect postcard scenes that you see on all of the travel websites. For example, museums in Greece are one of the most underrated day activities for you to enjoy with your travel companions and loved ones. The capital city of Athens in particular has a vast number of museums for you to choose from, each with their own unique history and purpose.
Visiting The Acropolis is, of course, an obvious way to spend your time while you are in Athens - but you may also want to consider visiting The Acropolis Museum as well. The entrance to the museum is located on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and is open from Tuesday to Thursday at 8am until 8pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and does not permit entrance up to a half an hour before it closes. The one exception is on Friday when the museum stays open until 10PM, making it a suitable location for a Grecian date! There is also a restaurant in house which serves late on Fridays as well which provides a lovely, romantic dining space with a truly dramatic atmosphere.
The general admission price is quite low at only 5 euros though there are slightly reduced fees also available. The museum is reasonably close to a number of Athens hotels, but otherwise visitors can take the bus, trolley or metro to get there. For more details, speak with your hotel reception desk or look at the museum's website online. There is also a number of day tours that include The Acropolis Museum on their itinerary. This is especially helpful if you would like to learn about the museum highlights pretty quickly and efficiently.
Mobile phones are not permitted in the museum galleries, but can be used in the café and entrance areas. The café and the gift shop are both located on the basement floor, also referred to as Level 0. You can also purchase tickets on this level as well as check in any bags or articles of clothing that wish to be free of during your visit to the Acropolis Museum. Next to the cloakroom is the auditorium where there are sometimes presentations and speeches made by local and international academics. In a larger room just next door is a space for temporary exhibitions that feature up and coming artists as well as special archaeological finds. This is where you might find some of the best archaeological minds of today.
After you’ve explored the café and gift shop, you will want to head up to Level 1 where you will find artifacts and memorabilia all the way from 5th century BC to 5th century AD. There are also some small sections on Athena Nike, the Erectheion and the Propylaia as well as a majority of the floor dedicated to the Archaic Period. On Level 2 you will find another restaurant and gift shop as well as a large terrace where you can some of the most stunning views in all of Athens. From the terrace, you can see views of many Athens hotels located nearby as well as some of the local street life. Next, make your way up to Level 4 where you will see the entire level dedicated to the history of the Pantheon, one of Athens’ most famed tourist locations. You can also see a video documentary here.
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