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Culture Ministry Program Rejected By The Disabled

“Accessibility is a legal obligation and not a desired service,” the National Confederation of Disabled People said in a letter of protest to Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos in March.

UNESCO Adds Mediterranean Diet To Culture List

The Mediterranean diet’s placement on the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage opens horizons not only for the broadcasting of Greece’s local culture and traditions but also for the surfacing of Greek products and local food of the islands and regions, the Culture and...

Ministry Maintains Stance On Return Of Marbles

“The permanent return of the Parthenon marbles to the new Acropolis Museum remains the steadfast demand of the Greek state and of the Culture Ministry,” a Culture and Tourism Ministry spokesman told the Greek media last month while rejecting a report of UK newspaper “The Times”...

Revamp Scheme For Museums And Sites Announced

“Everyone visiting the museums in the future will receive the best service,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos promised recently as he outlined the ministry’s three-year plan to upgrade services to archaeological sites and museums.

Acropolis Barricaded Again

The Acropolis was once again used as a bargaining tool last month when employees of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism kept the site closed for four hours as a symbolic protest against the ministry’s failure to pay some of their colleagues.

New Acropolis Museum Opens For Visitors in 2007

Museum officials anticipate that the new Acropolis museum will be open to visitors in mid-to-late 2007. The new museum's 14,000 square-meter exhibition area will allow all the surviving antiquities from the Acropolis to be displayed together for the first time.
Posted On 01 May 2006

New Generation Guides for Museums and Sites

Portable multimedia guides are one of the newest trends in the travel industry, and the Ministry of Culture is acting. According to press reports, the Ministry's Central Archaeological Council approved a pilot program for new media guides last month for 15 archaeological sites...
Posted On 01 May 2006

Acropolis Candidate as One of Seven Wonders of the World

The Acropolis in Athens and the Agia Sophia church in Istanbul are among 21 sites competing to be named among the new Seven Wonders of the World, organizers of an Internet vote said last month.
Posted On 01 Feb 2006

Major Rise in Visits to Greek Museums and Sites

Although some recent studies show that foreign visitors to Greece shy away from museums, tickets sold for entrance to museums have increased significantly. According to Archaeological Receipts and Expropriations Fund, the increase is due to museum renovations and the opening of...
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

Acropolis Museum Structure Ready by Spring

The first phase of the long-awaited Acropolis Museum will be ready by the end of next year, according to the country's culture ministry. The ministry said that the 20,000-square-meter glass and concrete museum would display sculptures and other finds from the 2,500-year-old...
Posted On 01 Dec 2005

Extended Opening Hours for Museums Sought

The majority of visitors to Greece's museums feel safe and are satisfied with the services offered, however, about half complained about the opening hours, saying that they should be extended, according to a poll made public last month.
Posted On 01 Sep 2005

Ministries Cooperate to Promote Ancient Greek World

At a joint press conference held at Zappeion Hall last month, the minister of tourism, the minister for the Aegean, and deputy ministers for the economy and for culture presented an ambitious series of conferences to be held through-out the summer.
Posted On 01 Aug 2005

Hoteliers Urge Adoption of Longer Hours for Museums and Shops

The Greek Chamber of Hotels says that the increase in opening hours of shops and museums in the country, as recently proposed by the government, is a positive step towards bolstering tourism.
Posted On 01 Apr 2005

New Athens Festival Program Announced

Two of the "Three Tenors" will perform at separate events this summer at Greece's annual Hellenic Festival, organizers announced last month.
Posted On 01 Mar 2005

Colossus of Rhodes to Rise Again

The Colossus of Rhodes will rise again, if ambitious plans by the mayor of Rodos, Yiannis Iatridis, to rebuild the ancient statue come to fruition. Mayor Iatridis said that Cypriot sculptor Nikos Gotziamanis had undertaken both to carry out the project and find funding for it.
Posted On 01 Mar 2005

National Archaeological Museum Near Completion

The country's biggest showcase of antiquities, the Athens National Archaeological Museum, currently functioning at under half-capacity pending repairs for earthquake damage, will fully reopen this summer, the government said last month.
Posted On 01 Feb 2005

Hopes for Continuation of Cultural Olympiad

Stamatis Mavros, President of the Hellenic Culture Organization, during the presentation of the Cultural Olympiad last month at Zappeion Hall, said that the main idea that led us to the Cultural Olympiad was based on the necessity for a series of remarkable cultural events during...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

National Archaeological Museum Reopens

After three years of intensive renovations, and the restoration of some 9,000 statues and precious artifacts, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens reopened its doors to the public last month. Although only 32 of the 54 exhibition halls have reopened, visitors are sure to...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Museums Ready to Re-open for Summer

Work on the road and the site has made the Marathon archaeological site unrecognizable as it undergoes refurbishment. As for the museum within the site, scheduled to be ready in June, work has begun on the walkways and planting is in progress.
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003