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Acropolis Museum Excavation Site to Open in 2019

The Acropolis Museum © Maria Theofanopoulou

The Acropolis Museum © Maria Theofanopoulou

An excavation site at the Acropolis Museum is set to open to the public in the summer of 2019, said Acropolis Museum Director Dimitris Pantermalis, during a presentation to the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) of a study for the design and layout of the area.

Acropolis Museum, Athens. Photo © Lefteris Papaulakis / Shutterstock

“Excavations at the Makriyianni site are an integral part of the museum… we consider it an exhibit in itself,” said Pantermalis, adding that once completed it will enhance the museum experience offering insight into life in antiquity.

The said excavation site located on the south side of the Acropolis and below the museum will be highlighted through special lighting effects, informative signage and digital applications, will be accessible to people with disability via ramps, and admission is likely to be free, offsetting a minor increase in the ticket cost.

Visitors will have the chance to tour the ruins of an ancient Athenian neighborhood along an ancient road with stops at the most important structures and finds, which include homes, bathhouses and workshops dating as far back to the 5th century BC.

The opening of the site will coincide with a decade of museum operations.

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