I remember my three major complaints being the photography ban, the lack of printed and explanatory information and the lack of children oriented materials.
|No photography sign, outside the New Acropolis Museum|
|Main entrance hall of the New Acropolis Museum, with prominent no photography reminder|
|All the Hellenistic and Roman era to ourselves...|
1. The Kritios Boy seems to have been raised on his pedestal to a much higher level. Can’t imagine why, but, there you have it. Blonde Boy also seems to have a new perch...
|Kritios boy, on a new perch (2012) - compare with the image below (2009)|
2. There is now material for kids to read or have read to them, in big letters, bright colours and targeted at them. So – yes, the museum is currently better for kids than it was three years ago. Can it be better yet? I think so, but this is a good first step.
3. (I took about 50 photos and hardly anyone minded, shhh…)
4. In 2009, I had a very specific complaint about the lack of “how” – well, in the archaic sculpture room, there is now a very nice display of marble-working tools along with an example of how each one left its mark on the marble. There was a similar display about the various minerals used to colour the marble, where they came from and how they were prepared to be applied.
|Tools of marbleworking and the marks they make|