Acropolis Museum Prepares for Birthday

Reduced tickets, a live concert and the opening of a new exhibition to mark the festivities.


In celebration of the Acropolis Museum’s 13th anniversary on June 20, between 8:00 and 16:00 visitors will be able to enter with tickets priced at 5 euros and a in the afternoon (at 15:00) may attend a free, live music performance by the Athens State Orchestra Woodwind Quintet on the museum’s ground floor.

On the same day, the museum will open an exhibition program titled “Των Αθήνηθεν άθλων (Athenian feats). Panathenaic amphorae from Toronto, Canada back to their birthplace,” presenting two vessels made in Athens over 2,500 years ago.

The Panathenaic amphorae were in antiquity filled with olive oil and given as a prize to victors of the contests held during the Great Panathenaea festival. One side is decorated with the figure of Athena Promachos and the other with scenes related to the games for which they were given as prizes.

The two vessels from the Royal Ontario Museum will be exhibited in the Parthenon Gallery, relating this way with the great temple’s frieze, where Pheidias and his collaborators artfully carved the Panathenaic procession.

The presentation is running parallel to an event titled “From Athens to Toronto: A Greek Masterpiece Revealed” at the Royal Ontario Museum where the Acropolis Kore 670 is on display since March 2022. It is organized as part of cultural exchanges between the Acropolis Museum and other leading museums in the world.

Within the context of this event, on Wednesday 29 June 2022, at 19:00, the Museum will welcome Royal Ontario Museum Director Josh Basseches, who will give a speech in the auditorium entitled “ROM Immortal: Transforming Museum Experiences for the 21st Century.”

This article was previously published in Greek at kathimerini.gr.


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