Domesticated, wild and imaginary creatures of the animal kingdom of the ancients appear on the Museum’s artworks. Students draw the titles of different artefacts at random from a selection of works depicting animals. The artworks chosen will comprise the stops on an interactive presentation where students can discuss the significance of these living creatures in the lives of both ancient and contemporary people. At the end they can ask for information about creatures which they did not chance to meet in the galleries.

Program basis and supporting material

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

  • A “lottery” for selecting the stops on the school tour with material tailored to different age groups
  • Creative materials for kindergarten, and years one and two
  • Creative and playing materials for years three, four, five and six
  • Digital tablets with material about animals in ancient times adapted to the different ages of the students

The program is held by the Archaeologist-Hosts and takes place in a number of the exhibition galleries (depending on the artefacts drawn from the “lottery” to comprise the stops of the guided tour) and in mobile workshops on the Museum's second floor, for kindergarten and primary school students.

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 become familiar with the relationship between people and animals in antiquity and today, as well as the way one can learn about this relationship using artefacts as a starting point and with the assistance of an archaeologist. 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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By participating in the program students will have the opportunity to:

  • understand the human relationship with animals in different eras
  • familiarize themselves with the artefacts and the Museum environment
  • realize the importance of material culture and the value in studying it
  • recognize the notion of the past and perceive the passing of time
  • enhance their senses
  • develop a critical eye, critical thinking, imagination, focus and memory, creativity (for kindergarten and primary school students)
  • understand the importance of teamwork and cooperation (for kindergarten and primary school students), develop social values
  • cultivate an aesthetic awareness
  • gain new interests and experiences
  • increase self-confidence and self-discovery
  • entertain themselves

The program promotes an interactive learning experience both on its own and when combined with the school curriculum.

Activity and School Program

  • 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: 4-18
  • Duration: 45 minutes for ages 4-8, 1 hour and 15 minutes for other ages.