Things to Do in Athens
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Given Athens’ long and colourful history, it is no surprise that there are dozens of museums within the city. One of, if not the, most important to the city’s past is the Acropolis Museum. Founded in 2003 and opened to the public in 2009, the museum, situated in the Plaka neighbourhood in the slope of the hillside, literally houses every artefact found on and around the Acropolis site.
There was an older version of the museum, erected in 1874, directly on the plateau of the Acropolis hill, but within a few decades, it ran out of exhibit space; each time an excavation commenced, a treasure trove of antiquities was unearthed, no doubt the direct result of simply the extreme age of the location. And when aspects of the Acropolis buildings become dangerously fragile, they are sometimes deemed better to be removed and preserved off the structure; such is the case with the frieze from the front of the Temple of Athena.
The current 14,000-square-metre Acropolis Museum is again bursting at the seams, crowded with more than 4,250 objects, and an expansion is planned. The museum hosts events and offers visitors guided gallery tours, a very worthwhile experience.