Christmas Holidays at the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece , is planning on entertaining its visitors throughout the holiday season with various imaginative workshops for children and many special presentations and surprises.

Visitors will have the chance to see the unique Acropolis model made of Lego pieces which was recently given to the Greek museum by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia. The model was built by Ryan McNaught, who used 120.000 pieces and spend approximately 300 hours assembling it. The model has already attracted more than 100.000 visitors during its exhibition at the Nicholson Museum.

The Acropolis Museum has prepared several workshops where children can learn about ancient Greeks and their customs. For example, one of the workshops teaches how ancient Greeks used to decorate the statue of goddess Athena during the festive days. They washed it, decorated it with jewels and dressed it in new garments. Children will be encouraged to create their own ornaments and statue decorations, which they will be able to take home.

Other workshops include a tour around the museum, where children can look for ornaments among the ancient artifacts and artworks. The curators hope that the ancient ornaments will inspire children to create brilliant gifts for their friends and family in the spirit of Christmas celebrations.

Meanwhile, as part of a workshop about ancient customs, children will have the chance to make their own imaginative 2015 good luck charms using modern-day materials and decorate this year’s olive branch, just like ancient Greeks used to do.

On Sunday, December 28, the Museum will welcome the Greek Navy Band who will perform Christmas and New Year songs along with soprano Evdokia Moisidou and tenor Stavros Salambasopoulos.


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