Commencing Tuesday 31 July 2012 and for the next twelve months, the Acropolis Museum wants to conduct research on its unique collection of archaic statues, which retain their colors to a small or large degree, and to open a very extensive discussion with the public and various experts on color, 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. So far, scientific research into the color found on ancient sculpture has made great progress and reached surprising conclusions that to a large degree refute the stereotypical assumptions regarding ancient sculpture. It turns out that color, far from being just a simple decorative element, added to the sculpture’s aesthetic quality.

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On Friday 13 July 2012 at 8:30 p.m., the Acropolis Museum presents a summer concert of the Athens Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra in the Museum’s entrance courtyard. Like every Friday, the Museum will be open until 10 p.m. and the restaurant on the second floor until 12 midnight.

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The Acropolis Museum narrates to the visitors some of its own special archaeological stories about the light and invites them to discover them amongst the Museum’s collections.

Stories that show the relationship between the ancients and natural light. Stories about the age-old myths with which humans endeavoured to interpret the perpetual succession of day and night. Stories about their faith in the power of sunlight to regulate human affairs. Stories about the transformation of this power into art.

Stories about the light created by humans themselves: the light of oil lamps that banished the darkness inside a house, the torchlight that illuminated their way at night, the sacred light that burned in the temples of their gods, and the ritual light that accompanied them during all the significant events of their lives.

The Acropolis Museum is happy that at the same time the “Technopolis” presents many exhibits on a complete story about the light from antiquity to nowadays.

On Wednesday 20 June 2012, the Acropolis Museum celebrates its third birthday. The exhibition areas will remain open from 8 am until 12 midnight. The restaurant will be open during the same hours. On this occasion, admission will be reduced (3 euros) and visitors will enjoy ‘a musical journey to Greek and international music creation’.

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The Acropolis Museum celebrates International Museum Day on Friday 18 May 2012 with free entry for all visitors and atmospheric music events on the second floor balcony overlooking the Archaic Gallery (Museum open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and restaurant open until 12 midnight). Additionally, on the occasion of the European Night of Museums on Saturday 19 May 2012, the Acropolis Museum celebrates with evening music performances in the entrance courtyard.

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