the acropolis museum
It took some time. Lots of time. But in the heart of democracy, time is a relative matter. Here a decade is a mere blink of the eye. Just another wrinkle in Athens’ face of wisdom. And didn’t Plato say that you should ‘Never discourage anyone… who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.’
So don’t get distracted by 30 years of planning. Or another ten of discussing and dismissing designs. Why should you object to endless discussions, especially when they take place in the shadow of where discussion became institutionalized? Instead, be proud of the Greece. Look at them with respect. Not only because of their amazing history, but also because of their relentless efforts and sacrifices for a better future. A future that finally starts to look a bit brighter.
In the end, the Greek will succeed in overcoming their difficulties. And if they are as successful in overcoming their economical and social challenges as they were with regard to the Acropolis Museum, the future looks very bright indeed. Cause a country that manages to display its overwhelming past in such a beautiful fashion as the Greek do in the Acropolis Museum, is a country that knows how to succeed. A country that spends time this way, is a country that spends time wise.
What, apart from the location and its collection is so special about the Acropolis Museum? It is the way the Greek help you to see the forest for the trees. They truly accomplished to exhibit countless historical artifacts in an exciting fashion. To wander through bright and contemporary open spaces and be surrounded by all those ancient wonders of civilization is visual and mental experience that incredibly exciting without becoming overwhelming. In essence, this is what makes the external and interior architecture of this museum so special.
The museum furthermore stands on poles, in order not to damage any potential archeological treasures that are still buried at the foot of the Acropolis. Excavations below the museum continue and these excavation sites and process have been made visible through glass flooring. Large glass panels also do their job at the Acropolis side of the museum. Here the architects, New York–based Bernard Tschumi and the Greek Michael Photiadis, let you gasp at the sight of the Theater of Dionysus and the Parthenon in all its glory. It’s magical, as is the rest of the museum.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
1 April – 31 October:
Tu-Su 8-20 | Fr 8-22 | Mo: X
1 November – 31 March:
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