Acropolis Museum Gallery Talks

The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits held by Archaeologist–Hosts. Additionally, Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about the Museum exhibits every day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Visitors can find them by looking for staff wearing ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas. Permanent Gallery Talks are offered in English, in French and in Greek.

The Museum also offers every Saturday the possibility to participate in the Alternating Gallery Talk. The arrangement of an Alternating Gallery Talk in English can be organized via telephone, every Tuesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., on +30 210 9000900 /ext. 405.  

Permanent Gallery Talks:

1. The Parthenon

Why we consider the Parthenon an exceptional monument of world cultural heritage? Why has it much preoccupied both previous and current viewers? Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts issues relating to the architecture, the decoration and the exhibition of this famous monument, as well as its symbolism and history. They will also be able to look closely into its sculptures and to admire the temple in its natural environment through the transparent wall of the third floor of the Museum. Watch the videos
The presentation is enhanced with special video projections in the Parthenon Gallery featuring 3D-imaging of the frieze blocks and with the use of a digital tablet.

Greek: every Tuesday, at 12 noon
English: every Tuesday, at 11 a.m. 
French: every last Tuesday of the month, at 11 a.m. 
Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 50 minutes. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.

2. Masterpieces in the Acropolis Museum

A presentation of masterworks on display in the Museum, their significance in their time and for world art. Visitors have the opportunity to engage Archaeologist-Hosts in discussion about art, aesthetics, religion and society at the time these works were created, all of which belonged to ancient Athens’ most important sanctuary, the Acropolis. The way in which they are exhibited in the Museum is also discussed.

Greek: every Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 8 p.m.
English: every Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. and evening gallery talk every Friday, at 6 p.m.
French: every last Sunday of the month, at 1:30 p.m.
Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 60 minutes.
For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.

3. Archaic Colours

A presentation on the continuing research on the unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colours to a small or large degree. Visitors have the opportunity to discuss with Archaeologist-Hosts on the color of archaic statues, its technical issues, its detection using new technologies, its experimental use on marble surfaces, its digital reconstruction, its meaning, as well as the archaic period’s aesthetic perception of color. The presentation concludes in the special “lab” on ancient three-dimensional art, which has been set up on the second floor of the Museum.
The presentation is enhanced with the use of a digital tablet featuring additional visual material, colored cast copies of exhibits, marble details painted experimentally using ancient pigments and techniques, video projections, and collections of pigments.

Greek: every Friday, at 12 noon
English: every Friday, at 11 a.m.
French: every last Friday of the month, at 11 a.m.
Participation is limited to 30 visitors per session. Duration: 30 minutes
Coupons are available everyday on a first-in first-served basis. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.
For more information about the exhibition program 'Archaic Colours' click here.