The presence of plants in ancient Greek art and myth reflects their significant, age-old place in the lives of people. Using different senses, students acquire an understanding of the plants of the garden and of objects in the Museum’s collection, such as the olive tree, the laurel, the cypress, the saffron plant, the ancient lotus and others. They learn about the relationship of both ancient and modern people with these, their cultivation, uses, and their role in ancient worship, diet and economy. At the end they can request information on plants that they did not encounter 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:

  • Real plants
  • Creative materials for kindergarten, and years one, two and three
  • Digital tablets with material about plants in ancient times adapted to different age groups

The program takes place in a number of the exhibition galleries and in the Museum’s garden (weather permitting) and it is held by the Archaeologist-Hosts.

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 plants 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 plants in different eras
  • familiarize themselves with the objects and the environment of the Museum
  • 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 students of kindergarten, and years one, two and three)
  • 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

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.