Since June 2009 the old Acropolis museum, located next to the Parthenon, has remained empty. However, Greek Ministry of Culture Directorate of Museums approved the proposal to renovate and reopen the space.
According to the Greek news agency ANA-MPA the proposed plan includes refurbishing the interior of the building and turning it into a modern venue, open to visitors, where inscriptions and scattered architectural parts which are now exposed to the elements will be stored and exhibited. The museum will also exhibit material from its record of older restorations and will include a conservation lab visible to visitors.
The building exterior which took its final form thanks to Patroklos Karantinos in 1964 will remain unchanged.
Meanwhile, this will reduce the worksite facilities and storage containers that are currently located on Acropolis by over 40%.
Even though the building has not yet been declared as listed, Lina Mendoni, the ministry’s secretary who made the initial proposal noted that “to protect a building you don’t have to declare it as listed, much more so when it has the protection of an archaeological site like the Acropolis.”