On Thursday 27 September 2012, World Tourism Day, the Acropolis Museum will host a special concert performed by the Orchestra of Colors, organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism.

On Saturday and Sunday 29 & 30 September 2012, European Cultural Heritage Days, admission to the exhibition areas of the Acropolis Museum will be free for all visitors between 5 pm and 8 pm.

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On Friday 14 September 2012, the Acropolis Museum was awarded by the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in Vienna, with the Keck Award 2012. The award concerns the conservation and restoration of the Caryatids, the Kore from the south porch of the Erechtheion temple, with the use of laser technology.

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Commencing Tuesday 28 August 2012, the Acropolis Museum presents the historic ‘Bréal Cup’ awarded to Spyros Louis, the winner of the marathon race at the inaugural Modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896.

The Silver Cup, trophy donated by the famous philhellene and linguist Michel Bréal, was acquired in an auction held at Christie’s on 18 April 2012 by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The Cup will be displayed in the Acropolis Museum foyer for one year, until August 2013, with free entry during Museum opening hours.

The Acropolis Museum celebrates August Full Moon on Friday 31 August 2012, with romantic music about the moon performed by the Music School of Volos in the Museum’s entrance courtyard at 9.30 pm.

On this occasion, the Museum will remain open from 8 am to 12 midnight (free entry for all visitors from 9 pm to 12 midnight), giving visitors the opportunity to stroll through the galleries and enjoy the view of the Acropolis under the charming moonlight.

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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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