April 1, 2006

New Acropolis Museum to house 4000 artefacts

Posted at 8:32 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

As the construction of the New Acropolis Museum progresses, the details of the displays inside the building are also being finalised.
For some time, those who feel that the Elgin Marbles should be retained in Britain have argued that the Greeks have kept many of their artefacts from the Acropolis site hidden away in storerooms. The main reason for the limited number of items on display previously was the small size of the existing Acropolis Museum. Details released today suggest that once the New Museum is complete, it is planned that it will display more than ten times the number of artefacts viewable in the existing museum.

Canoe (Quebec, Canada)

Ancient artifacts from Acropolis to be displayed for first time

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Thousands of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis never seen by the public will be showcased at a landmark new Athens museum expected to open next year, Greek officials say.

The exhibition area will contain more than 4,000 works – 10 times the number currently on display at a cramped museum on the Acropolis. Some have been kept in storage for decades.

“We are talking about masterpieces that have never been seen,” said senior project official Nikos Damalitis.

These will include bronze and pottery artifacts from the slopes of the fortified hill, while all the 2,500-year-old Parthenon sculptures in Greek possession will be displayed in their original positions on a full-size model of the temple.

Missing will be the Elgin Marbles – works removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago and now in London’s British Museum – for whose return Greece has lobbied long and unsuccessfully.

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