The significant rise in tourism can interpret to an extent the rise in the number of visitors to museums and archaeological sites around Greece. According to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), in the period January-April 2013, visitors to museums reached 833,105 in total presenting a rise of 19 percent in comparison with the same period in 2012, while at archaeological sites the number of tourists was over one million this year and reached 1,147,841 presenting a rise of 35,4 percent.
The Acropolis Museum, which exhibits findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens, ranks first in visitation, as up to 289,006 people visited it during the above mentioned period in 2013. In the second place we find the National Archaeological Museum (with 122,497 visits) where the rise in the number of visitors touched 35.3 percent. As far as the rest of Greece’s big museums are concerned, an important rise was noted at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia (88.9 percent) and at the Delphi Archaeological Museum (39.2 percent).
Regarding visits to archaeological sites, the Acropolis is first with 276,314 visitors, Ancient Olympia follows with 76,697 visitors, the Mycenae Acropolis with 75,835 visitors and Epidaurus with 71,650 visitors. The biggest rise was noted in Mystras with 222.8 percent as well as the Mycenae Acropolis, where the rise in number of visitors was at 114.5 percent.
Total revenues reached 5,431,269 euros and an increase by 22.7 percent compared to the period January-April in 2012. The total number of visitors including free entrances reached 3,098,481.