Christmas at the Acropolis Museum

Saturday, 22 December, 2018 - Saturday, 5 January, 2019

With imaginative children’s workshops, gallery talks, Christmas and New Year’s tunes and more surprises, the Acropolis Museum will welcome its visitors during this year’s festive season.

Children’s workshop ‘Wishes and symbols’
Our little friends who visit the Museum during the festive season will have the opportunity to search for symbols of their memories and wishes, and with these they will create festive cards for their families and for the Museum.

Program (held in Greek only): Thursday 27/12, Friday 28/12, Saturday 29/12, Thursday 3/1, Friday 4/1 & Saturday 5/1, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Participation: The workshop is designed for kids from 6 to 11 years old. Participation for children is free. A general admission fee is required for parents/escorts.
Pariticipation to this program is full.

Children’s stories by Karmen Rouggeri
Children will have the opportunity to listen to fascinating stories about gods and heroes by Karmen Rouggeri accompanied by a guitarist at the Museum second floor balcony overlooking the Archaic Gallery.

Program (held in Greek only): Saturday 22/12 & Sunday 23/12, at 11 a.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Participation: The workshop is designed for kids from 4 to 8 years old. Participation for children is free. Parental escort is necessary.
Pariticipation to this program is full.

Gallery talk ‘from the forbidden city imperial apartments of Qianlong’
Together with Archaeologist-Hosts, visitors will enjoy a rare exhibition on China's Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) with a first time presentation to the public of remarkable artifacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture of the 18th century.

English: every Friday at 11 a.m.
Greek: every Friday at 1 p.m., every Saturday & Sunday at 11 a.m. & at 1 p.m. Extra talks on Monday 24/12 and on Monday 31/12, at 11 a.m.
Participation: The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the admission fee to the temporary exhibition is required (3 euros). For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. Limited to 25 visitors per session. First-in first-served. Duration: 60 minutes.

Music at the Museum
On Sunday 23 December, at 12 noon, the Acropolis Museum will host the ‘Chronos’ music ensemble of the Athens State Orchestra for a music concert at the Museum ground floor, including carols and traditional Christmas world renowned melodies.
On Sunday 30 December, at 12 noon, the Acropolis Museum will host the well-known band The Swingin’ Cats for a New Year’s and swing music concert at the Museum ground floor.

The Acropolis Museum’s lucky charm for 2019
Our good luck charm for 2019 is inspired by one of the decorative details of the architecture of the first, large temple of Athens, the Hekatompedon (early 6th cent. BC). This first grand “Parthenon” signified the beginning of the great dominance of the city of Athens in the early 6th century BC. The decorative detail consists of incides, painted palmettes and lotus flowers. Υοu can see the Hekatompedon in the Archaic Gallery on the first floor. Find out more about the christmas gifts of the acropolis museum shop.

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

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