The number of visitors to the National Archaeological Museum increased by 27.71% in the 2015-2019 period.
“Taking into account what have been achieved over the past five years, we open a new cycle of creation aimed at further enhancing the position of the National Archaeological Museum at national and international level,” said Museum Director Maria Lagogianni, while reviewing the work of the National Archaeological Museum in 2019 and plans for 2020.
Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni also attended the event.
As noted in the event, the National Archaeological Museum has planned exhibits to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis as well as the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.
In particular, the first exhibit is called “It was for them we fought… Antiquities and the Greek Revolution” – the title borrows the famous quotation of General Yannis Makriyannis – focusing on the role played by the Greek antiquities in the reinforcement the ideological aspect of the war of independence.
The second exhibit is planned to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis. The exhibit will present ancient evidence that highlights aspects of the victorious Greeks’ struggle against the Persians and will be accompanied by newer works and interpretative material in order to shed light on the impact that these important victories had on both the ideological preparation of 1821 and the modern era.