Acropolis Museum: Skip-the-line Ticket and Audio TourAthens, Greece
Enjoy at your own pace the dazzling Acropolis Museum with a skip-the-line e-ticket combined with a self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your e-ticket by email 1 day prior to your visit, download the digital self-guided audio tour on your smartphone and travel back in time to experience the glory of Classical Athens. Listening to a brilliantly tied narrative, you’ll experience the architectural wonders of the Golden Age of Athens and admire some of the finest examples of ancient Greek art.
As you enter the museum, you’ll admire the impressive glass floor showcasing ruins of an ancient settlement buried below and gear yourself up for the first gallery, where you’ll get an insider’s view of everyday life in ancient Athens. You’ll discover bygone wedding customs and ancient surgery practices as you gradually ascend to the next floor, where the exhibits will guide you through the riveting journey of the city’s transition to democracy. Weaving around monsters, heroes, gods and iconic representations of the human body, you’ll follow the evolution of ancient art. Continuing to the third floor, you’ll get straight into the heart of the Parthenon and see the narrative of the Panathenaic Procession, pieced together on the frieze of the temple. Engrossing tales from Greek Mythology depicted on the metopes and pediments of the temple, such as the birth of goddess Athena and the battle of the Centaurs, will fire up your imagination. Finally, your tour ends with the culminating age of Greek style, the classical period, and some of the most famed artworks of Ancient Athens, including the iconic Caryatids, the curvaceous maidens who have witnessed the turbulent 2.500-year story of the Acropolis and are waiting to share it with you.
1. The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are definitely the Hollywood stars of the Acropolis. Thousands of men fell under their mystifying spell, including a man called Lord Elgin.
2. The Great Panathenaea - West friezeThe Athenians threw a grand party to celebrate the birthday of their patron goddess. The Great Panathenaea are depicted in the Parthenon’s frieze and no one missing.
3. Pilar with an offering to AsclepiosGoing blind was very common in ancient times due to accidents, battle injuries, or as a divine punishment received after a wrongful act. When all medical practices failed, the gods were the only resort.
Pilar with an offering to AsclepiosThe ancient Greeks had an intimate relationship with their gods; it was based on the belief that the immortals would assist them in times of peril, and they would offer them something in return for their benevolence. The usual method of expressing gratitude was a bloody sacrifice, but in matters of health, there was another alternative. Greeks dedicated to the deity that helped them an ex-voto modeled on the body part that was cured through divine intervention. Terracotta models of human heads, eyes, legs, hands, arms, genitals, feet, breasts etc. are common finds in sanctuaries throughout Greece. Wealthy individuals could offer votives made of gold, silver, or other precious materials. It is a tradition that is still very much alive throughout Greece.
The hand of Phidias
The Great Panathenaea - West friezeOn the west frieze, you can see a block sculpted by Phidias himself. It is block No. 8 (VIII) and it depicts a single horse and its rider. The figure is believed to depict Theseus, the mythical founder of the Panathenaic Festival, who is attempting to restrain his runaway mount. The great attention to detail, the intricate folds of the garment, and the particularly realistic rendition of the figure bear witness to the mastery of the artist. Phidias was considered the only man to have seen the face of the Greek gods. He revealed their image to humanity and shaped the popular image of the gods of Mount Olympus that persists to the present day.
The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are famous. We know they are young girls that carry elaborate baskets on their heads and are entrusted with holding up the porch of the Erechtheion. Their hands are missing but we suspect they used to hold something with one of them and their garment with the other, in a posture typical of Archaic korai. Their hairstyle is elaborate and their peplos goes down to their feet. They are similar but not identical, each demonstrating differences in their hair and the folds of their drapery. The differences may be due to the various craftsmen who worked on them based on two original models. All six seem to move in a procession. And yet we do not know who they are. Building accounts of the period call them korai; the name caryatids does not appear anywhere. They are one of the loveliest mysteries of the Acropolis.
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The team behind the stories at Clio Muse consists of a dedicated long-haired art conservator, an inquisitive bespectacled historian, a passionate feminist curator, and a gifted graphic designer with a permanent tan.
|Address||The Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina|
|Starting point||Museum's entrance|
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|Areas||Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, archaic collection, Parthenon's frieze, Athena Nike's temple atrium, Caryatids of the Erechtheion, statues, and votive offerings from the Acropolis hill from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century AD|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.