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The official opening of the New Acropolis Museum

Five days of events are planned to mark the official opening of the New Acropolis Museum [1] in June.

Athens News Agency [2]

New Acropolis Museum opens

The galleries of the new Acropolis Museum will be officially unveiled on June 20 in a ceremony that will be in keeping with the importance of the antiquities within their walls, one that will be attended by heads of state and government, noted international figures and broadcast on television throughout the world, Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said on Wednesday.

The inauguration ceremony will be accompanied by a week of events in the city of Athens, which will be suitably decorated and spruced up to welcome the big day.

Samaras stressed that the unveiling of the exhibits will use “unexpected” methods, with the new technologies used to showcase the antiquities acting as the “artistic event” of the evening.

Security during the five days of events is being covered by Greece’s interior ministry, while a cruise of the Saronic Gulf has been organised for the day after the inauguration ceremony for the heads of state and government attending.

The ministry has set admission to the museum at one euro throughout 2009, in honour of the Greek taxpayers that funded its construction, while from 2010 the admission price will rise to 5 euros.