August 27, 2007
The imminent opening of the New Acropolis Museum is only going to highlight how tired Athens’s Archaeological Museum has become. Whilst it has many amazing artefacts in its collection, it has trouble doing justice to them in the context of the expectations of visitors in the 21st century.
Saturday August 25, 2007 – Archive
Archaeological museum woes
By Nikos Vatopoulos
In a few months’ time, Athens will be ready to open the New Acropolis Museum, but it would be wonderful if it were also in a position to open a New Archaeology Museum by 2015. It is feasible, and above all desirable. When Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis opened the new gift shop at the National Archaeological Museum the other day – do government ministers anywhere else in the world do this? – it once more became clear how little scope there is for developing a museum that is stifled by the Culture Ministry. It could be the top money earner for tourism in Athens, even more so than the Acropolis, if it functioned like other major museums in the world. It may sound petty, but if a country like Spain or Italy had the treasures of the Athens museum, the gift shop would not have been opened in 2007.
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