2011 Archived News

Athens Museum Week

Enjoy the museums of Athens

This week explore Athens’ magnificent museums and wander between history, art and culture. Find your own favorite museum and share each moment with your friends and family. Take advantage of exclusive offers and view exhibits set up specifically for this week.

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Athens Museum Week


B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music
 “The Forbidden City of Jiang Guofang”

2-8 May, 2011
 Hrs: 10:00-18:00 Monday - Thursday
 Hrs: 10:00-21:00 Friday & Saturday

Museum of Cycladic Art
 “The Last Grand Tour”

Etel Adnan | Lynda Benglis | Leonard Cohen | John Craxton | Barbara Hepworth | Martin Kippenberger | Jannis Kounellis | Markus Lüpertz | Brice Marden | Helmut Middendorf | Ben Nicholson | Manfred Pernice | Lucas Samaras | Daniel Spoerri | Juergen Teller | Cy Twombly | Iannis Xenakis

Curator: Jessica Morgan (Tate Gallery)

15 April – 10 October 2011

Hrs: 10:00 – 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
 10:00 – 20:00 Thursday
 11:00 – 17:00 Sunday

Closed on Tuesdays


Herakleidon Experience in Visual Arts

“The Herakleidon Museum supports stray animals”

This event has been organized on the occasion of the exhibition now on view at the museum, Carol Wax, Dance of Shadows, in which several of the artworks are inspired by the pets of the artist, well known for her love of animals.

3-8 May 2011

Hrs: 13:00 - 21:00 Tuesday – Saturday
 Hrs: 11:00 - 19:00 Sunday

Closed on Mondays
 An animal-friendly bazaar www.stray.gr

Saturday, 7 May: 13:00-21:00
 Sunday, 8 May: 11:00-19:00


Benaki Museum

International Museum Day 2011: Event honouring the Historical Museum of Crete

The Benaki Museum, in a series of events seeks to honour and highlight the work carried out by culture organisations in the Greek provinces focusing on the study and promotion of culture. In line with this policy, for the sixth year running, the Benaki Museum will celebrate World Museum Day with an event honouring the Historical Museum of Crete.

Monday, 2 May
 Hr: 19:00

As part of the celebrations the Museum will host the exhibition “Rudo Schwarz, Crete, 1943. A painter in Wehrmacht uniform;” a travelling exhibition from the Historical Museum of Crete, with select material from the archive and oeuvre of the German painter.

2 – 29 May 2011
 Hrs: 09:00 - 17:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
 Hrs: 09:00 - 24:00 Thursday
 Hrs: 09:00 - 15:00 Sunday


Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

“Introduction to Ancient Greek Art through the Permanent Collections: from Pre-historic to the Byzantine era”
 3 May
 Hrs: 11:00-13:00 in Greek
 13:00-15:00 in English

“Guided tours of the permanent Collections with ILJM Curator Ioanna Lalaouni.”
 4 May
 Hrs: 11:00-13:00 in Greek
 13:00-15:00 in English

Temporary Collections of the Museum
 5 May
 Hrs: 11:00-13:00 in Greek
 13:00-15:00 in English

“Library and Archives: Museum Studies and Volunteer Program at ILJM with Curator Ioanna Lalaouni”
 6 May
 Hrs: 11:00-13:00 in Greek
 13:00-15:00 in English

“Introduction to Gemology”
 7 May
 Hrs: 11.00-13.00 only in Greek


The Acropolis Museum

 "Family Affair at The Acropolis”
 "The Acropolis as you have not seen it before"
 "A walk to the Acropolis"

Young and old, come to the Acropolis Museum and spend an entire day of fun. Archaeological games for the whole family, showcasing the Acropolis sculptures, thematic presentations, exhibits, comfortable reading rooms with views of the Parthenon, elegant Greek cuisine in the restaurant and gifts at attractive prices in the shops of the Museum.

Come with your family and discover the goddess Athena and symbols, through 3 different games.
 The game combined with the new digital application called Athena, the goddess of the Acropolis www.acropolis-athena.gr a virtual tour designed to familiarize the visitor with different instances of the goddess, and the Acropolis Museum.

Moreover, the museum will find the conservation and restoration program for the Caryatid Erechtheion using laser technology. There you will have the opportunity to watch videos in real time.
 For any questions please feel free to ask the expert caretakers and staff.

Also, the museum has prepared healthy children's menus in the restaurant's second floor, and every Friday the exhibition is open until 10 pm, while the restaurant from 8 pm to midnight offers special Greek dishes at affordable prices and a view of the illuminated Acropolis.

Finally, the Museum’s Reading Room on the second floor is available for relaxation with a variety of books and topics related to the Acropolis and Athens. The Museum also offers free wireless internet to surf at your leisure. In addition, the Museum has room for parents to care for infants and young children and also offers complimentary pushchairs available in the cloakroom.
 2-8 May 2011
 Hrs: 08:00-20:00 Tuesday - Sunday
 Hrs: 08:00-22:00 Friday

Restaurant 20:00–24:00

Epigraphic Museum

“Garden Epigrams “
 Concert of the Wind Instruments School of the Kodaly Conservatory

May 5
 Time: 20:30

Free admission

Tositsa 1, Athens,             210 -821-7637    
Museum of Greek Folk Art

"Bath of the Winds"
 Musical performance by "Modern Conservatory,''
 6 & 7 May
 Hrs: 19:30 - 21:00


National Archaeological Museum

“Baroque Renassance ”
 Once only! The Kelso Ensemble, participating in Museum Day events organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, will present a musical and visual journey to the 16th and 17th century, with vocal and instrumental music of the Renaissance and Baroque, with instruments of the era at the Atrium of the National Archaeological Museum

Enjoy the works of E. Widmann, Fr.Leontariti, O.di Lasso, J. Dowland, J.van Eyck, C. Monteverdi, A. Steffani.

The program concludes with contemporary Greek music, with three songs by Manos Hadjidakis, Adapted for the instruments used during that era.

6 May
 Hrs: 19:00
 People's Orchestra of Greek Music “Emmetron.”

Join the People's Orchestra of Greek Music "Emmetron'' on a journey from Vamvakari Loizos until the greatest hits of all composers of that era and especially world renown musicians such as Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Xarchakos Plessas Zabeta etc. who traveled around the world.

The artistic director is Manolis Georgostathi.
 7 May
 Hrs: 19:00


Parallel Events

B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music

"Secrets of the small artist"
 For little ones between 4 and 6 years old, visual arts workshop on color, materials and tools that can be used for original creations. Come and to create!

7, 14, 21 & 28 May
 Hrs: 10:00-11:00 & 11:30-12:30

Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

You will enjoy the permanent collections, the temporary exhibition and you will watch an educational documentary on the art of jewelry. Join us!

8 May

Hrs: 11:00 – 16:00
 Free Admission


Michel Cacoyannis Foundation


A unique opportunity to listen the new versions of known and loved songs of the era of the interwar period, by an exemplary nunmber of composers such as the Attic, Costas Giannidis, Michael Sougioul, Nick Hadjiapostolou, Manolis Hiotis, John Kyparissis and others.
 Directed by: John Skourletis
 Show: Dimitris Passas

3 May
 Time: 21:00


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