New Extended Opening Hours for Popular Greek Museums and Archaeological Sites

Posted: April 15, 2014 by ACE of Greece in Uncategorized
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As of 1 April, 33 leasing Greek museums and archaeological sites will extend operating/visiting hours until the end of the season and remain open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, through to the end of the season on the 31st of October 2014.

The move marks the implementation of a national pilot program, while the selection of the 33 sites and museums was based on the number of visitors they attract. More are expected to join the program at a later date.  According to statistics in 2013, 12 million tourists visited Greece’s museums and archaeological sites out of the total 17.8 million tourists who visited Greece.   For the year 2014 Greece is expected to attraction a record number of more than 18.5 million tourists.

The Acropolis Museum in Athens has also modified its schedule ahead of the summer season and will now open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Popular Museums and sites including the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Crete’s Knossos, Santorini’s Akrotiri and the sites of Ancient Olympia and Delphi in the Peloponnese were among the group of 33 museums and sites set to operate on the new spring-summer schedule.

The 33 sites selected to offer extended hours this season (listed below) cover 95 percent of those visits.

1. Acropolis of Athens, Theatre of Dionysus (Acropolis South Slope), Ancient Agora of Athens
2. National Archaeological Museum, Athens
3. Archaeological Site of Olympieion, Athens
4. Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
5. Archaeological Site of Sounio
6. Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
7. White Tower, Thessaloniki
8. Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki
9. Archaeological Site of Epidaurus
10. Archaeological Site of Mycenae
11. Archaeological Site of Olympia
12. Museum of Ancient Olympia
13. Archaeological Site of Delphi
14. Archaeological Museum of Delphi
15. Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
16. Archaeological Site of Delos
17. Archaeological Site of Akrotiri, Santorini
18. Archaeological Site of Lindos, Rhodes
19. Sanctuary of Asklepios on Kos
20. Castle of Neratzia, Kos
21. Archaeological Site of Kameiros, Rhodes
22. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
23. Acropolis of Ialyssos, Rhodes
24. Archaeological Site of Knossos, Crete
25. Archaeological Site of Phaistos, Crete
26. Psychro Cave, Lassithi, Crete
27. Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth
28. Palace of the Knights, Rhodes
29. Archaeological Site of Mystras
30. Spinalonga Islet
31. Old Fortress of Corfu
32. Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion
33. Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete

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