Over 4,000 items are displayed here from the ancient Acropolis in Athens. There are many explanations about the fascinating findings, from the Parthenon to the ancient neighborhoods of Athens.
The architect combined in a wonderful way the ruins of the ancient neighborhood that were discovered in the building area, once the building started. He also invested a lot into the visual experience of visitors, by creating visual points of view with the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and creating eye contact for the visitors with themselves, inside the museum.
There's also a great attribute to the building, which takes advantage of the natural lighting of the sun, coming from outside.
The museum, by the way, elevated significantly the standing of the neighborhood where it was built. In a short time the neighborhood changed from a simple place, to a luxurious and well-thought of place in the city.
The museum's location, adjacent to the south-eastern corner of the Acropolis and the underground train, brings over 5 million visitors per year, the museum is also air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter, unlike other famous sites that are completely out in the open.
The basement- the glass floor enables to see the remains of the Byzantine period residential areas, that were discovered in digs under the museum's building.
The ground floor- Findings from the digs from the foothills of the Acropolis's cliffs, outside the upper city. There are many ceramic remains here, from the Neolithic period, until the Roman period. Additionally, findings from the Nymph's Temples, located near the Herodes Atticus Theater, and from the Asklepieion that was discovered near the Dionysus Theater.
The second floor- findings from the ancient Acropolis, that was destroyed by the Persians, like the statues of the old Parthenon
The top floor- this is the Parthenon floor.
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