Can we read the physiognomy, characteristics and character on the Museum’s marble faces? How can we tell today, centuries after their production, who is depicted? Students will “adopt” portraits of the Museum and will become acquainted with the world and secrets of the portrait from the perspective of both the artist and the viewer. They will then be called on, in the role of artist or sitter, to present their own “selfie” or a photograph of themselves taken by a classmate, showing their personal symbols and style, to their fellow students/viewers, in an experiential game of understanding the portrait.

Premise of the activity and supporting material

The Museum’s exhibits form the basis of this program. During the activity, the Museum provides the following supporting material:

  • models of ancient portraits that students may perceive both with their sense of sight and touch
  • ancient literary and pictorial sources sources for research and presentations by the students
  • objects that can serve as symbols in the students’ photographs
  • digital tablets and printers
  • writing and other creative materials

This program is carried out by the Archaeologist- Hosts on the first floor of the Museum and in mobile workshops.

Material for optional student activities before and after a visit to the Acropolis Museum.

During your school group’s visit to the Acropolis Museum, the students will come into contact with secrets hidden in representations of real people in ancient times and today, through observation, exploration, creation and a game. Some brief preparation with the students before their visit to the Museum can make the experience of this program even more fruitful.

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With their participation in the program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • familiarize themselves with the concept of the portrait
  • familiarize themselves with the objects and the environment of the Museum
  • recognize the notion of the past and perceive the passing of time
  • enhance their senses
  • develop a critical eye, critical thinking, imagination, creativity, focus and memory
  • understand the importance of teamwork and cooperation, develop social values
  • cultivate an aesthetic awareness
  • gain new interests and experiences
  • increase self-confidence and self-discovery
  • entertain themselves

Activity and School Program

  • The program promotes an interactive learning experience both on its own and when combined with the school curriculum.
  • Overseas schools - Greek schools abroad and foreign schools - can book for this educational program upon email request (learningattheacropolismuseum [dot] gr) at least one month prior to the desired date of visit.
  • This program can be given either in Greek or in English, only on Friday.
  • The Museum can receive a maximum of 50 students per group.
  • Ages: 15-18
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes