The new Acropolis museum is situated under the south slope of the Acropolis in Dionyssiou Areopagitou street. Designed to link the exhibits with their archaeological context, The museum was given to the public in 2008 , giving visitors the opportunity to see artifacts in direct view of the monument. You can also see where the statue of Athena Parthenos used to stand inside the Parthenon, and the spot where goddess Athena planted her olive tree as an offer to the ancient Athenians. Here, you will see various artworks from the temples and the other buildings it has as well the statues of the Caryatides and parts of the Parthenon Frieze. The Acropolis Museum has been specially built to hold all the sculptures found in the excavations upon the Acropolis. The museum contain the early architectural sculptures in Piraic limestone which once adorned the ancient temple of Athena and other early buildings. They were for the most part found buried in the earth south of the great basis on which the Parthenon now stands, and must probably, from the remarkable preservation of their colouring, have been buried soon after their erection. Some of them represent the exploits of Heracles.

The Acropolis Museum is the archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum designed by Bernard Tschumi was opened to the public on June 21, 2009. Tschumi’s design revolves around three concepts: light, movement, and a tectonic and programmatic element. Together these characteristics “turn the constraints of the site into an architectural opportunity, offering a simple and precise museum” with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greek buildings. As the museum is built over an extensive archaeological site, the floor, outside and inside, is often transparent using glass and thus the visitor can see the excavations below.

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