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New Acropolis Museum, Athens

Greece 10558
Tel: 30 210 923 8175's insider take:

Following what some might call a classic Greek construction schedule, the New Acropolis Museum, originally planned to be ready for the 2004 Olympics, finally opened in June 2009. Sections of the ground floor are glass, allowing views of excavations beneath the new building. Glass is a primary design element throughout the modern structure—so distinct in style from its neighbor, the Parthenon—which replaces the old, too small Acropolis Museum (which closed in July 2007) as a repository of finds made during excavations of the Acropolis. While the new museum displays many marble and bronze artifacts, the most interesting display may prove to be the veiled plaster casts meant to represent the Elgin Marbles, a collection of decorative pieces largely from the Parthenon that since 1817 has been in the British Museum—which, despite Greek protests, shows no interest in returning it.

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

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