Explore These Beautiful Photos of the Acropolis Museum Taken by Me
If you’re like me, you love taking photos on holiday. Greece has many great opportunities to get that perfect selfie or Instagram photo, and when I’m in Athens, I can’t resist adding to my top photos of the Acropolis Museum.
Photos are a great way to bring back memories and also share those memories and experiences with others. So, in this guide are my personally taken and chosen top photos of the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
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About the Acropolis Museum
Completed in 2009, the Acropolis Museum is without doubt the most popular museum in Athens, with almost 2 million visitors each year.
It exhibits all the significant finds from the Parthenon, the Acropolis of Athens and the surrounding area, providing a fascinating insight into daily life in ancient Athens. The museum is situated opposite the entrance to the Acropolis, making it an essential stop for tourists and visitors to Athens.
One of the most popular things to see at the Acropolis Museum is the “Daily Life in Ancient Athens” exhibit. It showcases artefacts from all aspects of ancient Athenian life, from furniture and tools to clothing and jewellery. The museum also has a children’s section, which is excellent for learning more about ancient Greece.
Covering 25,000 square metres, this all-glass museum was constructed under three strict conditions:
- To provide breathtaking views of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the surrounding hills from transparent glass walls.
- To exhibit the Parthenon sculptures.
Not interfere with the archaeological findings during excavations.
At it’s base, the museum appears to be floating, as it’s supported by more than 100 concrete pillars, which provide an impressive shelter for the site’s archaeological excavation.
The museum hosts its collections across three floors and the below-ground excavation site. Located on the ground floor, the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis houses finds from the sanctuaries established on the slopes of the Acropolis and objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historical periods.
The nine-metre high and naturally lit Archaic Gallery in the east and south sections of the first floor hosts the magnificent sculptures that graced the first temples on the Acropolis. It also displays the worship’s votive offerings, such as beautiful archaic Korai (depictions of young women), the Hippeis (horse riders), statues of the goddess Athena, sculptures of male figures, marble reliefs, and smaller bronze and clay offerings.
The museum’s exhibition culminates on the third floor, in the glass-encased Parthenon Gallery. The relief sculptures of the Parthenon frieze depicting the Panathenaic procession is exhibited in continuous sequence along the perimeter of the external surface of the rectangular concrete core of the gallery. The metopes, the marble slabs with relief representations from Greek mythology, are exhibited between the stainless steel columns of the gallery, which are the same in number as the columns of the Parthenon.
If you’re looking for things to do in Athens, the Acropolis Museum should be at the top of your list. It’s a great place to learn more about the ancient Greeks and see some of their most impressive artefacts.
My top photos of the Acropolis Museum
Best places for photos, selfies and the perfect Instagram
The Acropolis Museum is one of the most photogenic museums in Athens. Here are some of the best places to take photos, videos, selfies and the perfect Instagram at the museum.
The Parthenon Marbles
The Parthenon Marbles are one of the most iconic attractions at the Acropolis Museum. These sculptures once adorned the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Lord Elgin removed some in the early 1800s and sold them to the British Museum.
The Athena Promachos
The Athena Promachos is a large statue of the goddess Athena, once located on the Acropolis. This impressive statue is over 9 metres high and is made from marble and bronze.
The Caryatids are a set of six female statues that once supported the roof of the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis. These statues are made from marble and are over 2 metres high.
The Nike of Panionios
The Nike of Paionios is a statue of the goddess Nike, which was once located on the Acropolis. This statue is made from marble and bronze and is over 4 metres high.
Mosaics from Zea Harbour and the Athenian Agora
The mosaics from Zea Harbour and the Athenian Agora are two of the most impressive mosaics in the Acropolis Museum. The Zea Harbour mosaic is a large, circular mosaic that depicts scenes from everyday life in ancient Athens. The Athenian Agora mosaic is a smaller mosaic that depicts several different animals.
The “Daily life in ancient Athens” Exhibit
The “Daily Life in Ancient Athens” exhibit is one of the most popular sections of the Acropolis Museum. This exhibit showcases artefacts from all aspects of Athenian life, from furniture and tools to clothing and jewellery.
The Museum Cafe
The Museum Cafe is a great place to stop for a coffee or a bite to eat after exploring the Acropolis Museum. Walk outside, and you will be enhanced with the breathtaking views of the Acropolis, The Parthenon, and views over Athens. The cafe offers a range of snacks and drinks, including sandwiches, salads, cakes, and hot meals.
Statue of Athena Parthenos
The Statue of Athena Parthenos is a large statue of the goddess Athena, which was once located on the Acropolis. This impressive statue is over 9 metres high and is made from marble and bronze.
Fragments from the Temple of Athena Nike
The Fragments from the Temple of Athena Nike are a set of fragments which was once located on the Acropolis. These fragments are made from marble and limestone.