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Acropolis Museum: Events for the Whole Family

The Acropolis Museum is welcoming its visitors during the holiday season with imaginative workshops for children, harp melodies in the Parthenon Gallery, family backpacks and more surprises.

Children’s program

– The trees of the gods: Using today’s festive plants as a starting point, children and adults can discover the special importance of particular plants in ancient Greece, such as the olive, oak and laurel. They will be exposed to the beautiful foliage and fruits that can be seen in the Museum’s art, in order to create its colourful, festive of trees.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Wednesday 28 December: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

– The ship of the Panathenaic festival inside the Museum: A boat with an impressive colourful sail used to travel on wheels up to the foot of the Acropolis for the splendid Panathenaic festival. Children and adults will bring the sea to the land of the Museum in a colourful paper mosaic, at the same time discovering the marine world of the art of the Acropolis.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Thursday 29 December: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

– Suspended creations in the lit-up Museum: The ancients used to hang ornaments, sacred and everyday objects, on the walls of buildings and the trees of sanctuaries. Through art and ancient writers, children and adults will come into contact with such objects in the form of clay and metal panels, garlands and wreaths of flowers, ribbons and fabrics, musical instruments and pottery. They will decorate walls and bright trees at the Museum with their own colourful, suspended creations.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Friday 30 December: From 12 noon to 7 p.m.

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

Music Event

Harp melodies in the Parthenon Gallery: From Tuesday 27 December until Friday 30 December, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., visitors will enjoy their walk in the Parthenon Gallery listening to live harp music by Thodoris Matoulas.

Gallery talks

Ttemporary exhibition: "Dodona. The oracle of sounds."– Dodona. The oracle of sounds: Visitors have the opportunity to travel to Dodona, to the temple of Zeus and to discover ancient divination, together with Museum Archaeologist-Hosts, at the temporary exhibition “Dodona. The oracle of sounds”.

On Saturday 24 & 31 December, at 1 p.m. in Greek

Duration: 40 minutes
Participation: Limited to 25 visitors per session. For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served.
Ticket: The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the admission fee to the temporary exhibition is required (3 euros).
Meeting point with the Archaeologist-Host: glass floor, ground level

Family Backpacks

The Museum invites families to enjoy their visit and learn about the exhibits in a creative way through the specially designed family backpacks available at the Information Desk. Families can borrow the backpack of their choice from the Museum’s Information Desk.

Lucky charm 2017 & festive meals

The Acropolis Museum’s good lucky charm for 2017 is inspired by the masterful waterspout in the form of a lion head from the Old Τemple of Athena Polias that is dated to the last quarter of the 6th cent. BC. The multicolored head of this regal animal decorated the roof of the Temple and protected the sacred building from every evil. The Museum’s lucky charm is available for purchase in the ground floor Shop. For visitor access to the ground floor Shop, the purchase of a ticket is not required.

During the festive season, the Museum ground floor café and second floor restaurant will serve traditional festive meals and sweets. Christmas jazz nights are also taking place every Friday by famous jazz music ensembles. Reservations are required (+30 210 9000915).

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