The Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. It is only 300 metres from the Acropolis. The Acropolis Museum exhibits the finds from the sanctuaries that were founded on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. It is located just a few metres away from the Acropolis hill right across from the Parthenon. The Museum building is of a unique architectural design with lots of windows and its structure gives visitors the impression that the museum floats in the air above the archaeological excavation. The rooftop has a 360 degree view.
The Acropolis Museum is famous for its marble Parthenon sculptures, including the tall statues of the Caryatids, large female figures that functioned as columns at the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis.
Recently, the archaeological excavation beneath the Acropolis Museum has been opened to the public. Visitors, guided by the Museum’s archaeologists, can see an ancient Athenian neighbourhood as one giant exhibition and will be able to walk through ancient neighbourhood’s streets.
Children and their parents can direct questions on the exhibits to the Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts. Archaeologist-Hosts can be found near the exhibits and can help visitors showing them visual material, with the assistance of tablets. In the Lab on the second floor of the Museum, families have the opportunity to learn more about ancient technology, the creation of artworks and the production of exact copies, as well as modern workshop applications.
The Acropolis Museum provides Family Backpacks filled with activities and family trails for families with young children, free of charge. Families can choose between a quick and simple visit using one of the booklets, or a longer and more intricate one using one of the backpacks, which are also equipped with games. During the Looking for Goddess Athena-game, children will get to know the goddess and her symbols through special captions located in the museum across 12 exhibits. The museum also organizes workshops and seasonal events for families.
To make the most of your family visit to the Acropolis Museum, we recommend the private Acropolis Museum Family Guided Tour. Your kids will be engaged in storytelling and a kid expert state-licensed guide will use the specially designed by the museum family backpacks to make the visit more enjoyable and creative.
If you want to skip the lines and join a group of like-minded families, have a look at our Acropolis Museum for Families Group Tour.
Don’t miss the impressive LEGO® Acropolis model containing more than 120.000 LEGO® bricks. The model is located on the Museum’s second floor, in the area of the lab next to the restaurant.
The Museum café is on the ground floor. It has a glass floor that allows you to see the archaeological excavation underneath the museum. The Acropolis Museum Restaurant is located on the second floor and has a panoramic view of the Acropolis. Here you can also have coffee or snacks. The Acropolis Museum Restaurant has excellent food at good prices and is a perfect place to combine with your visit to the museum.
The Acropolis Museum hosts two shops, one at the ground floor level and one next to the Museum Restaurant on the second floor. The shop at the ground level features a broad selection of postcards, paper goods and high-quality children’s gifts, books, games and puzzles. The second-floor Shop offers a wide range of book titles, as well as beautiful souvenirs and gifts.
Families should know
- Children under 18 years of age, from EU countries, with a current identification card, are entitled to free admission
- Baby strollers are available for use free of charge, from the Museum’s cloakroom
- The Museum provides a Parent’s room with baby changing facility on the first floor
- A children’s menu is available at the ground floor Café and at the second-floor Restaurant
- On ‘free-entrance days’ the museum gets very crowded
- There is no parking at the Museum and parking is difficult in central Athens
- The Museum can easily be reached by the Acropolis Metro Station
- Bring an ID or passport with you in order to obtain the Family Back Pack for free from the Information desk located at the entrance of the museum
- For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link: www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Kids will love
- The Museum Family Backpack
- Looking for Goddess Athena games
- The Lego Acropolis
Parents will love
- The famous Parthenon marbles
- Learning more about the Acropolis and ancient Athens
- The view from the Museum Restaurant
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