Part 3: The Acropolis Museum
Seeking sanctuary from the midday sun at the top of the Acropolis, we headed to the new Acropolis Museum. With an entry fee only 5€ each it was a steal!
What a fantastic museum – I would definitely recommend a visit. Spread over four floors there’s so much to see including a great video about the history of the Acropolis and the building of the Parthenon which is well worth watching.
Elsewhere there are countless sculptures…
My tip for the Acropolis Museum would be to start from the top and work your way down to the ground floor. Also there’s a great gift shop to check out.
The museum’s crowning glory is the 160m frieze from the top of the Parthenon. 50m of the original surviving frieze can be seen here at the Acropolis Museum, another 80m are here in London at the British Museum. One of my favourite spots in London!
The frieze depicts over 300 people and 200 animals, and is shown in sequence here for the first time in hundreds of years. It shows the procession of The Great Panathenaia festival, celebrated every four years to honour the goddess Athena.
My favourites in the museum however were the Caryatids from the south porch of the Erechtheion temple. See my photos of the Erechtheion here. It was great to see the details of the ‘maidens’ up close.
Tip: Lots of guide books recommend it, but I wouldn’t bother with the Acropolis Museum restaurant on the top floor. The views are great but the menu wasn’t appetising and the service was poor.
Head around the corner instead to Froots Juice Bar.
With a colourful interior and a small peaceful garden, this little find was a great place to rest our feet and refuel.
Froots makes fresh smoothies and juices as well as healthy vegetarian snacks. I had a ‘de-light’ juice (€4.50) made of fresh orange, carrot, ginger & pineapple. Yum!
Check out my other posts on Athens below and come back soon for the next installment of my Cruise series!
Have you been to the Acropolis Museum? Leave me a comment and tell me what you thought!