New Acropolis Museum: A Grand Opening

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  “After several adventures, obstructions and criticism, the new Acropolis Museum is ready: a symbol of modern Greece that pays homage to its ancestors, the duty of a nation to its cultural heritage…”  (Culture Minister Antonis Samaras as quoted in AFP on June 18) The new Acropolis Museum is set to make its grand entrance into the elite of international museums during its official grand opening ceremony tomorrow (June 20) with the arrival in Athens of state political leaders, prime ministers and international cultural personalities. The public may visit the museum from 21 to 23 June by booking through e-ticketing, limiting entry to 2,550 people in three daily zones over three days. Admission for the rest of 2009 will remain at €1, while in 2010 it will rise to €5. Kathimerini daily: Acropolis Museum reignites Marbles debate NY Times: A Home for the Marbles; New Statesman: Losing your marbles  Greek News Agenda: Special Issue – The Acropolis Museum; Google News: Greece’s Acropolis Museum to open