Acropolis Museum#1 in Best Things To Do in Athens
As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens' Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artifacts.
Many previous travelers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they'd ever visited, citing the property's displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis' ruins. Another plus: the museum's design. Several visitors raved about the attraction's construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building.
Public parking is not available at the Acropolis, however, travelers can take the metro to Acropoli station or ride one of several buses to stops found just outside the property. Museum hours vary by day and season, but the property generally opens at 8 or 9 a.m. and closes between 4 and 10 p.m. Attraction passes cost 5 euros (less than $6) each and can be purchased online or at the museum's ticket office. Tickets include access to all of the property's exhibits, as well as its reading lounge (where complimentary Wi-Fi is provided), shops, eateries and restrooms. Free entry is offered annually on March 6 and 25, May 18 and October 18. Guided tours are not available at this museum, but archaeologists give daily talks about the property's exhibits. To learn more about the Acropolis Museum's collections, facilities and special events, visit the attraction's website.
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The beautiful, historical neighborhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also shop, especially if you're looking to bring home some gold jewelry.
Motor vehicles are not permitted on this neighborhood's winding streets, so make sure you have a street map and a comfortable pair of shoes. Visitors say Plaka offers a charming atmosphere and plenty of great shops for both souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you'd rather sip a drink once the sun goes down, travelers suggest visiting one (or several) of the area's vibrant clubs or bars.
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