People say that when you’re four, you should be able to count up to one hundred! In these four years, the Acropolis Museum
has proven to be a child prodigy! On June 20, the Museum will celebrate its fourth birthday, counting more than 5.000.000 million visitors since 2009, extended visiting hours, research projects, innovative communication tools, and more importantly, a healthy demand for services that keeps it going without any state grant for a fourth year in row.
On that special day, the Museum opens its doors to the public 8 a.m. until 12 midnight
and offers its visitors the chance to discover "untold stories of the surviving blocks of the frieze, with the aid of 3D presentations", and to enjoy a concert by the Athens Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra
. Don’t miss out on the celebration!
An impressive rise in museum and archaeological site visitors was recorded in February 2013 compared to the same month 2012, according to data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority
(ELSTAT), whose Survey on Museums and Archaeological Sites
shows an increase of museum visitors by 33.5% and of revenues by 15.7%, while visitors to archaeological sites were up by 44.2% and revenue up by 57.8%.
The data for the first two months of 2013 shows a rise by 24.5% in museum visitors and by 7.9% in museum revenue, compared with the corresponding period of 2012, while the relevant data for archaeological sites records increase by 39.4% and 40.9% in visitors and revenue accordingly.
The National Archaeological Museum
recorded the highest rise in visitors of all museums (105.6% up), followed by the Ancient Olympia Museum
(81.9%), the Palace of Knights in Rhodes
(52,8%), the Rhodes Archaeological Museum
(48,5% ) and the Museum of Heraklion (30.5%). As to archaeological sites, the byzantine site of Mystra
marked a skyrocketing 207.4% rise, followed by Ancient Olympia
(86.5%), Ancient Kamiros
(75.4%), the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Treasure of Atreus
(71, 9%) and Knossos