CULTURAL EVENTS / HOLIDAY OBSERVANCEAthens , 18-05-2022
International Museum Day 2022 at the Acropolis Museum; free entrance at all museums - program
The Acropolis Museum celebrates this year’s International Museum Day on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, with a series of events for its visitors:
Īn International Museum Day, the Museum will be open from 08:00 to 20:00 with free entry for its visitors. This year’s topic is the ‘Power of museums’ focusing on achieving sustainability, innovating on digitalization and accessibility and community building through education. On this occasion, the Museum will offer its adult visitors the two new gallery talks ‘Hidden stories of the diaspora’ and ‘Digital Acropolis Museum. New interactive applications’. In addition, the new family trail titled ‘The Parthenon Sculptures. 6 short stories of separation’ will be available for children and their parents.
Presentation ‘Hidden stories of the diaspora’
It is a worldwide fact that almost half of the Parthenon sculptures are in the British Museum in London, the result of the monument’s looting by the crews of Thomas Bruce, Lord of Elgin, in the early 19th century. There are, however, smaller fragments, and also other antiquities of the Acropolis, which today are scattered across European Museums. But how did they get there, what were their adventures and who starred in them? The Museum’s archaeologists invite you to discover together with them the answers to all these mysteries and the ‘unknown’, stories of the dispersal of some of the most important works of the Acropolis.
English: 12:00 & 14:00
Greek: 17:00 & 18:00
Participation: For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served. Limited to 30 visitors per session.
The gallery talk will continue every Sunday from 22/5 until 18/2 (11:00 in English and 13:00 in Greek)
Family trail ‘The Parthenon Sculptures. 6 short stories of separation’
On the same day will be available the new family trail ‘The Parthenon Sculptures. 6 short stories of separation’. Our young visitors will walk towards the Parthenon Gallery on the Museum’s third floor, where they will discover the, perhaps most famous, sculptures worldwide! But not all of them… A part of these is located elsewhere... The details behind where, when, how and why they went missing will be discovered through the adventures of six famous sculptures showcased in the pamphlet. By the end of the activity, children will have the chance to describe their thoughts and feelings about the dispersal of the sculptures, through paintings and phrases, in the special pages of the pamphlet, which they will leave behind upon their exit from the Museum. The family trail will be available at the Information Desk, at the Museum ground floor. At the same area, children will leave the special pages with their feelings, once they have completed their exploration.
Presentation ‘Digital Acropolis Museum. New interactive applications’
Within the framework of the project ‘Creation of the Digital Acropolis Museum’, the Museum developed, among others, a series of applications with touch screens, which remain inactive due to covid-19 healthcare protocols. However, on May 18th, these touch screens will be turned on for three hours and the Museums’ archaeologists will be there to present these innovative digital applications that highlight various aspects of the exhibits and offer a unique experience by creating a new exciting world for kids and grownups alike.
Hours: 11:00 - 14:00
More information online www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Venue: Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou, 210 9000900
Moreover, All museums throughout the country will welcome the public on Wednesday with free admission and a series of events to celebrate International Museum Day.
Tours, educational programs, screening, workshops, digital presentations, music and exhibitions are some of the events offered to the visitors free of charge on the occasion of International Museum Day on May 18th.
Additionally, every year the Greek department of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) chooses to honor one or more Greek museums where the main celebration is held. This year the honored museum is the Museum of Contemporary Art-MOMus in Thessaloniki. The main event will be held at MOMus on Saturday at 19:30.
The full program of the events is available on the website of the Greek Department of ICOM: