File Photo: The Acropolis Museum celebrates its tenth birthday. ANA-MPA, Alexandros Vlachos
“It is a great pleasure for the Acropolis Museum to celebrate its tenth birthday,” its president, Professor Dimitris Pantermalis, said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Thursday on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
The museum has attracted 14,500,000 Greeks and foreigners since its inauguration. According to the latest data, more than 1,803,000 people visited the museum from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. About 25 percent of the visitors were Greeks, 18 percent were Americans, 7-8 percent were French and British, and 5 percent were from Spain, Italy, Germany and other countries.
He added, “We have also implemented digital technologies so that the visitor can admire the authentic works and at the same time see what it was like when they were on the Acropolis, according to our research. Because after 2,500 years, of course they have suffered.”
The new site will allow visitors to walk on a metal corridor shaped like a Greek pi above the 4,000 sq.m. area and look down at an ancient Greek settlement that survived from the Classical era to Byzantine times. Visitors will see excavated homes, workshops, baths and streets.