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Visitors, Revenues to Museums and Archaeological Sites Up in Jan-Sept 2015 

Visitors to Greek museums in September 2015 increased by 1.4 percent, and revenues from entrance tickets rose by 0.3 percent compared to the same month last year, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Friday.

It also said that in the period of January-September 2015, there were 6.9 percent more visitors in museums and revenues rose by 7.8 percent, compared to the same period last year.

In terms of archaeological sites, ELSTAT said, that the number of visitors fell by 2.5 percent in September 2015 while revenues dropped by 3.2 percent in comparison with the same month last year.

In the period January-September 2015, the number of visitors in archaeological sites rose by 4.8 percent and revenues increased by 3.4 percent


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The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, has been included on a list of the 20 most amazing museums in the world, compiled by the editors of online architectural magazine Archdaily. The list was announced in honor of International Museum Day on 18 May.

“We’ve collected twenty fascinating museums well worth visiting again,” the architects noted in regards to the list that includes “classics – such as Bernard Tschumi Architects‘ New Acropolis Museum and Zaha Hadid Architects‘ MAXXI Museum – as well as lesser-known gems – such as Waterford City Council Architects’ Medieval Museum, the Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead, and the Muritzeum by Wingårdhs.”


Acropolis Museum

“With 8,000 square meters (90,000 square feet) of exhibition space and a full range of visitor amenities, the Acropolis Museum tells the story of life on the Athenian Acropolis and its surroundings by uniting collections formerly dispersed in multiple institutions, including the small Acropolis Museum built in the 19th century,” the architects said.

The dispute of Athena & Poseidon for the claim of Attica. Parthenon west pediment (reconstruction) Photo © Wikimedia Commons

They refer to the museum’s features, which are designed with spare horizontal lines and utmost simplicity. “The Museum is deliberately non-monumental, focusing the visitor’s attention on extraordinary works of art. With the greatest possible clarity, the design translates programmatic requirements into architecture,” according to the editors of Archdaily.

They also make extensive mention to the concept of the museum in regards to light: “The collection consists primarily of works of sculpture, many of them architectural pieces that originally decorated the monuments of the Acropolis, so the building that exhibits them is a museum of ambient natural light.”


The Acropolis Museum
Tel. 210.321.4172
Winter Schedule
Tuesdays – Sundays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mondays & holidays closed
Summer Schedule
Tuesdays – Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mondays & holidays closed
Admission costs 12 euros; 6 euros reduced and includes the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Roman Agora




ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Tel. 210.900.0900
www.theacropolismuseum.gr
April 1 – October 31
Tuesdays- Sundays 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
November 1 – March 1
Tuesdays-Thursdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 5 euros; 3 euros reduced

The Unique Jewelry Museum

ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM



Tel. 210.922.1044
www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr


Wednesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays & Holidays closed


* The ILJM is closed on the last 
Sunday of every month 

and will be open instead 

on the Tuesday of that week


Admission costs 5 euros; 
4 euros reduced



The National Archaeological Museum

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The National Archaeological Museum inaugurates this year for its visitors a circle of morning concerts of small musical ensembles, hosted in the Hall of the Altar, performing music of various styles, ranging from Greek antiquity to contemporary creations, to be held every Wednesday of May and on Wednesday 4 of June 2014.



NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSUEUM
Tel. 213.214.4800
www.namuseum.gr
April 1 – October 31
Mondays 1-8 p.m.
Tuesdays-Sundays & Holidays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November 1 – March 31
Mondays 1-8 p.m.
Tuesdays-Sundays & Holidays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission costs 7 euros; 3 euros reduced


The Kerameikos Archaeological Museum



KERAMEIKOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Tel. 210.346.3552
April 1 – October 31
Tuesdays-Sundays 8 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
November 1 – March 31
Tuesdays-Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 2 euros; 1 euro reduced





Kerameikos Museum includes a wide variety of funerary pots from the 11th century BC till the 2nd century AC. Some of the exhibits are: a metal sword, the most ancient in Greece 1025 BC), vases with roosters, lotus fruits, urns, a lead box and statuette with curses written on them, (about 400 BC), archaic marble tomb stones with moving messages on them, the tomb stone of Dexileo (394-393 BC). In addition, the Kouros statue of the Sacred Gate was recently discovered. It is said that it has been created by the great sculptor of Dipylon (600 BC).


The Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos is located on Ermou street, near the Kerameikos archaeological site. The initial collection was discovered during excavations in 1863, and was displayed for many years in smaller buildings throughout the area until a modern minimalist building was constructed to house them in the 1930s.

The museum also contains a substantial amount of pottery, most taken from the site’s burial ground.



The Cycladic Art Museum



BYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM
Tel. 213.213.9572
www.byzantinemuseum.gr
Tuesdays-Sundays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 4 euros; 2 euros reduced


MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
Tel. 210.722.8321-3
www.cycladic.gr
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesdays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 7 euros; 3.50 euros reduced and on Mondays



MUSEUM OF POPULAR INSTRUMENTS

Tel. 210.325.0198
Tuesdays & Thursdays-Sundays 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Wednesdays 12-6 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission is free of charge


NATIONAL WAR MUSEUM
Tel. 210.725.2974-6
www.warmuseum.gr
Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sundays &National Holidays 9.30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 3 euros; 1.50 reduced


NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM (OLD HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT)
Tel. 210.323.7617
Tuesdays-Sundays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 3 euros; 1 euro reduced


JEWISH MUSUEM
Tel. 210.322.5582
www.jewishmuseum.gr
Mondays-Fridays 9 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturdays closed
Admission costs 6 euros; 3 euros reduced


MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART
Tel. 210.321.3018
www.melt.gr
Central Building
Tuesdays-Sunday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
The Mosque
Mondays & Wednesdays-Sundays
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Holidays closed
22 Panos St Building
Tuesdays-Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
The Bath – Tower of the Winds
Mondays & Wednesdays-Sundays
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 2 euros



MUSEUM OF GREEK CHILDREN’S ART
Tel. 210.331.2621 & 210.331.2750
www.childrensartmuseum.gr
Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 2 euros

POSTAL & PHILATELIC MUSEUM
Tel. 210.751.9042
www.postalmuseum.gr
Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays closed

NUMISMATIC MUSEUM
Tel. 210.364.3774
www.nma.gr
Tuesdays-Sundays 8.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mondays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 3 euros and is free on the first Sunday of every month

BENAKI MUSEUM
Tel. 210.367.1000
www.benaki.gr
Wednesdays & Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays & Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 7 euros; 5 euros reduced

BENAKI MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART
Tel. 210.325.1311
www.benaki.gr
Thursdays-Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mondays-Wednesdays & Holidays closed
Admission costs 7 euros; 5 euros reduced

THESSALONIKI

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI
Tel. 2310.830.538
www.amth.gr
Mondays 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. &
Tuesdays- Sundays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission costs 6 euros; 3 euros reduced


MUSEUM OF BYZANTINE CULTURE
Tel. 2313.306.400
www.mbp.gr
April 1 – October 31
Mondays 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesdays – Sundays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Holidays closed
November 1 – March 31
Mondays – Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Holidays closed
Admission costs 4 euros; 2 euros reduced


JEWISH MUSEUM
Tel. 2310.250.406-7
www.jmth.gr
Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays closed