The Acropolis Museum is exploring the development of resources to support self-guided and teacher led visits so that more students and children can benefit from programs and activities in the Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to discover the Museum exhibits through specially designed online applications, education booklets, Museum kits and brief presentations focusing on one exhibit. Families can borrow the backpack containing various games and activities that are exhibition-based and are supported by children’s exhibition labels in the Museum galleries. Moreover, 3-dimensional virtual reality projections help visitors orient themselves to the monuments of the Acropolis.

Online applications

1. Color the Peplos Kore

Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the “Archaic Colors“ initiative from home, through the online digital interactive game “Color the Peplos Kore“.  Visitors can use the brush and colors of their choice, color the statue of Peplos Kore and finally print and save their work as many times as they wish and in several variations.

2. Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis

Together with the family backpack “In Search of the Goddess Athena”, the Museum launched the online digital application “Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis” (www.acropolis-athena.gr), where a choice is given from among the exhibits in the Acropolis Museum that depict the Goddess Athena.

3. The Parthenon Frieze

The Parthenon Frieze, a unique work of art, is presented in digital form through the application www.parthenonfrieze.gr. This virtual representation of the Parthenon Frieze is addressed to archaeologists, to the general public, but also to children through its online games.

4. Google Art Project

The Acropolis Museum, in collaboration with Google, aims to facilitate access to its permanent collections by offering a digital platform for personalized viewing and navigation of information for discussion and educational purposes. Through the Google Art Project, the Acropolis Museum is showcased through high-definition images of selected exhibits as well as virtual tours of its permanent collections.

The Museum selected block VI of the east frieze of the Parthenon to be photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or “Gigapixel” photo capturing technology, enabling the viewer to study details of the exhibit beyond that possible with the naked eye.

Explore the Acropolis Museum in the Google Art Project.

How to use the Google Art Project application.

Educational booklets

1. “The Parthenon Sculpture”

2. Publications

Publications of the Acropolis Restoration Service comprise educational publications, museum kits, teachers’ packs, books, special itinerary booklets accompanying the programmes, films, Cd-Roms, posters and games.The resource material aims to help educators prepare themselves better both for the lesson at school and for the class visit to the archaeological site and the Museum. More information is available here.

3. “Sparkling stories about fire” booklet

In the booklet “Sparkling stories about fire” (*), the Acropolis Museum selects exhibits and narrates stories for adults and children about fire in everyday life, myth, religion and philosophy. Stories that highlight the creative but also destructive nature of the primordial power that was the core of the development of civilization. The Museum invites readers to stroll through the galleries and identify the exhibits related to the subject of this action.

Click here to read the booklet.

* This booklet was designed as part of the program “Environment and Culture 2012” and the exhibition program “Sparkling stories about fire”.

4. “Stories about light” booklet

In the booklet “Stories about light” (*), the Acropolis Museum narrates to the visitors some of its owns special archaeological stories about the light and invites visitors to discover them amongst the Museum’s collections.

Click here to flip the booklet. The booklet is also available in the Museum Shops.

* This booklet was designed as part of the exhibition program “Stories about light”.

Museum kits

The Museum’s Education Department provides the Museum Kits, a specially designed educational resource of alternative teaching for use either in the classroom or in some other place of cultural reference. While thematically independent, they can form an assemblage through which the culture of ancient Greece can be approached in a new way. Each one contains a diversity of relevantly designed materials such as books, transparencies, games, models of monuments and copies of ancient objects that can be activated through the personal way of each teacher.

The Museum Kits may be taken out on loan, on agreement by telephone only on +30 210 9239186, from Monday to Friday, 12 noon until 2 p.m.

The Museum kits are the following: “Ancient Greek Musical Instruments”, “Ancient Greek Dress”, “The Parthenon Frieze”, “Let’s Go to the Acropolis”, “A Greek Temple” “The Twelve Olympian Gods”, “Acropolis and Restoration”, “The Art of Stone Sculpture”.

More information is available here.

Gallery talks

The Acropolis Museum gives visitors the opportunity to participate in presentations of selected exhibits held by Archaeologist – Hosts. 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 large red and white ‘archaeologist’ badges in the Museum exhibition areas.

More information is available here.

Family backpacks

The Acropolis Museum invites families to discover its collections through archaeological games. Families can borrow a backpack from the Museum’s Information Desk by leaving an identification card. Backpacks are available on a first-in first-served basis, at the Information Desk. Alternatively, family backpacks are available in the Museum Shops.

More information is available here.

3D Projections

The Acropolis Museum welcomes visitors to its Virtual Reality Theater located on the ground floor of the Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the Acropolis monuments from brief 3D video screenings. The ten-minute film “Acropolis in Antiquity” presents the topography and the monuments of the Rock of the Acropolis during the prehistoric, the Archaic and the classical period. The film aims to help visitors recreate and imagine the impressive sanctuary with the aid of 3D models.

More information is available here.