December Christmas program at the Acropolis Museum

Thursday, 1 December - Saturday, 31 December, 2016
Music events, gallery talks, programs for children and other surprises

With imaginative children’s workshops, family backpacks, gallery talks for adults, Christmas tunes, harp melodies in the Parthenon Gallery and more surprises, the Acropolis Museum will welcome its visitors during the month of December.

Music events

Christmas tunes

On Sunday 18 December, at 12 noon, the Athens Big Band will present Christmas songs at the Museum ground floor.

Harp melodies in the Parthenon Gallery

From Tuesday 27 December until Friday 30 December, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., visitors will enjoy their walk in the Parthenon Gallery listening to live harp music by Thodoris Matoulas.

Children’s workshop “Temples and other buildings made with LEGO® and inspired by the Acropolis”

Our little friends who visit the Museum during the festive season will have the opportunity to create their own buildings using white LEGO® bricks and plenty of imagination. Their inspiration will be the temples, columns and capitals of the Acropolis!

Program (held in Greek only):
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 December: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

The workshop is held by the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team and is designed for kids from 7 to 11 years old. Telephone reservations required on 210 9000900 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the pre-purchase of tickets (admission fee: 2 euro). Participation is limited to 30 children per session. Workshop duration: 90 minutes.

Scenes from the LEGO® Acropolis model

Programs for children

The trees of the gods

Using today’s festive plants as a starting point, children and adults can discover the special importance of particular plants in ancient Greece, such as the olive, oak and laurel. They will be exposed to the beautiful foliage and fruits that can be seen in the Museum’s art, in order to create its colourful, festive of trees.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Wednesday 28 December: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

The ship of the Panathenaic festival inside the Museum

A boat with an impressive colourful sail used to travel on wheels up to the foot of the Acropolis for the splendid Panathenaic festival. Children and adults will bring the sea to the land of the Museum in a colourful paper mosaic, at the same time discovering the marine world of the art of the Acropolis.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Thursday 29 December: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

Suspended creations in the lit-up Museum

The ancients used to hang ornaments, sacred and everyday objects, on the walls of buildings and the trees of sanctuaries. Through art and ancient writers, children and adults will come into contact with such objects in the form of clay and metal panels, garlands and wreaths of flowers, ribbons and fabrics, musical instruments and pottery. They will decorate walls and bright trees at the Museum with their own colourful, suspended creations.

Program (held in Greek and in English):
Friday 30 December: From 12 noon to 7 p.m.   

The workshop is held by the Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and is designed for kids from 4 to 12 years old and their parents/escorts. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts. The workshop is taking place at the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

Family backpacks

The Museum invites families to enjoy their visit and learn about the exhibits in a creative way through the specially designed family backpacks available at the Information Desk. Families can borrow the backpack of their choice from the Museum’s Information Desk.

More information

Gallery talks

Gallery talks for visitors will continue during the month of December as follows:

Dodona. The oracle of sounds

Visitors have the opportunity to travel to Dodona, to the temple of Zeus and to discover ancient divination, together with Museum Archaeologist-Hosts, at the temporary exhibition “Dodona. The oracle of sounds”.

Program:

  • Friday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December, at 1 p.m. in Greek and at 11 a.m. in English
  • Sunday 4, 11 & 18 December, at 1 p.m. in Greek and at 11 a.m. in English
  • Saturday 24 & 31 December, at 1 p.m. in Greek

Duration: 40 minutes
Participation: Limited to 25 visitors per session. For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served.
Ticket: The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the admission fee to the temporary exhibition is required (3 euros).
Meeting point with the Archaeologist-Host: glass floor, ground level

A walk through the Museum with the archaeologist’

Visitors have the opportunity to participate in evening walks through the Museum exhibition galleries, making unanticipated stops and various discussions, together with an Archaeologist-Host.

Program:
Friday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December, at 8 p.m. in Greek and at 6 p.m. in English
Duration: 60 minutes
Participation: Limited to 40 visitors per session. For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served.
Ticket: The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the general admission fee to the Museum is required (5 euros).
Meeting point with the Archaeologist-Host: glass floor, ground level

Lucky charm 2017 and christmas gifts at the Shops

The Acropolis Museum’s good lucky charm for 2017 is inspired by the masterful waterspout in the form of a lion head from the Old Τemple of Athena Polias that is dated to the last quarter of the 6th cent. BC. The multicolored head of this regal animal decorated the roof of the Temple and protected the sacred building from every evil. The Museum's lucky charm is available for purchase in the ground floor Shop. For visitor access to the ground floor Shop, the purchase of a ticket is not required.

See also: Christmas gifts at the Acropolis Museum Shops

Festive meals at the Café & Restaurant and Christmas jazz

During the festive season, the Museum ground floor café and second floor restaurant will serve traditional festive meals and sweets. Christmas jazz nights are also taking place every Friday by famous jazz music ensembles. For reservations, please contact the restaurant during Museum opening hours on +30 210 9000915.

See also: Café & Restaurant

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