June 1, 2016
The shiny new Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009, is a call for the Elgin marbles, taken from the Parthenon by the British, to be returned to Greece. They have installed a life size model of the entire Parthenon freeze that wraps around a structure giving you an eye level view of this impressive work. While the installation includes the few pieces still in Greece, noticeably missing are the many pieces still in France, England or permanently lost.
We arrived at the Museum at 10AM, prime tour group hour. The large scale museum, however, quickly absorbs the visitors and doesn’t feel overly crowded.
Views of the Acropolis from the top floor alone are worth entering the building. If you just want to see the views without visiting the museum, you can get a pass to go to the second floor restaurant at the front desk.
Photos are only allowed in certain areas of the museum and not at all in the Parthenon exhibit.