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Christmas Festivities at the Acropolis Museum

Photo: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

The Acropolis Museum in Athens is welcoming the Christmas holiday season with interactive games for children, evening gallery tours for adults, Christmas carols and special gifts for all.

Sound stories for divine births

The museum invites children and adults to take part in an interactive program dedicated to the birth of gods and goddesses; express themselves through music and create an audio background to narrate stories.

The program is open for children between 4-11 years old.

Days & hours: Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday December 30 at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm (in Greek).

Participation is free for children with a 5-euro ticket for parents.

Evening tours

The museum’s archaeologists on Friday evenings (except from December 24 and 31) take visitors on a captivating walk through its halls, to introduce them to the fascinating stories hidden in the treasures of the museum’s galleries.

The tour takes place at 6pm in English and 8pm in Greek.

Admission is 5 euros.

To complete the experience, the museum’s restaurant will be operating on the second floor for lunch or dinner from December 16 – January 6, and every Friday and Saturday until midnight (except from December 24, 25, 31 and January 1).

Athens, Acropolis Museum. Photo source: Visit Greece/ H Kakarouhas

Strange creatures

Every Sunday (except from Sunday, December 26), the Acropolis Museum invites children to discover strange creatures such as the Hippalektryon, Centaur, Typhon and Triton. Creatures of the earth, sea and air, and creations of the imagination of ancient Greeks encourage guests to participate in a game of exploration, observation and knowledge.

Children will be given materials to take home and create their own strange creatures. They can also photograph their artworks and upload them on www.acropolismuseumkids.gr.

The event takes place on Sundays at 10.30am and 12.30pm, only in Greek.

Participation for children is free. A general admission fee (5 euros) is required for parents.

Hidden stories of 20+1 masterpieces

Discover the hidden stories of 20+1 masterpieces with the museum’s archaeologists, every Saturday (except from December 25 and 1).

Myths and fables, folklores and traditions, historic milestones and human stories transform into art and weave a vivid experience during an outstanding walk in the museum’s galleries.

The event takes place at at 10.30am in English, and 12.30pm in Greek.

Admission is 5 euros.

Christmas carols and gifts

The museum’s festive program also includes traditional music and Christmas carols.

The museum will host the Wind Orchestra of the Ilion Music School on December 19 at 12pm; and the Rethymno Vrakoforon Group of Crete on December 23 at 12pm.

The Acropolis Museum’s lucky charm designed by Kostas Dimopoulos. Photo: Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

In addition, the Acropolis Museum’s good luck charm for 2022 is available at its shop.

This year, it is inspired by the pomegranate that Kore 593 is holding as an offering to goddess Athena, a symbol of fertility, abundance, prosperity and good luck.

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