Museums, theaters and archaeological sites in Greece, are attracting more visitors thanks in part to extended opening hours and lower admission fees, the culture ministry announced this week.
Indicatively, the National Archaeological Museum drew 27,510 visitors in June this year compared to 22,991 in the same month last year. The Acropolis Museum, meanwhile, which is among the most attended museums in the world (1,091,143 in 2013), saw a total of 156,722 visitors in June 2015 against 137,411 last year. The archaeological site of Akrotiri on Santorini drew in 40,213 visitors in June this year, compared to 35,600 in the same month in 2014.
Interest in cultural activities and attractions is growing, according to the ministry, which attributes the growth to new sites opening up to the public for the first time such as the Archaeological Museum of Agios Kirykos on Ikaria, the Casa Romana on Kos, the Ancient Theater of Dodona and the Japanese Art Collection at the Asian Art Museum; as well as to the extended opening hours from 8am to 8pm of some 51 museums and sites compared to 33 last year.
The ministry added that the Athens Festival events and concerts are fully booked.
In the meantime, a total of 140 events across dozens of archaeological sites, museums and main attractions in Greece, from Athens’ Temple of Olympian Zeus and Cape Sounion to the Theopetra Caves, the castle town of Mystras and the once sacred island of Delos, will welcome the full moon on August 29 in true romantic fashion. Admission to all sites is free of charge.