Three Museums in Athens offer shopping, two of them online
I will be back with more in another blog, especially for the Goulandris Museum.
No.1 – Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters with exhibition space of over 14,000 sq.m, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. The Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens. It is only 300m from the Acropolis and approximately two kilometres from Syntagma Square, the main square of the city of Athens.
The Museum entrance is located at the beginning of the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, which constitutes the central route for the unified network of the city’s archaeological sites. The Acropolis metro station is on the east side of the Museum site.
There are two shops in the entrance. A ‘must’ to buy beyond small souvenirs is the book Acropolis Museum Guide.
With more than 300 exhibits and with the help of images, templates, drawings and representations, the Acropolis Museum Guide offers a colorful introduction to the richness and diversity of its unique collections and a perfect companion for visitors who wish to get acquainted with the Museum’s highlights.
Using the exhibits as a starting point and written by the curators of the exhibition, the Guide outlines the political, economic, social and cultural conditions that gave birth to the masterpieces of Athenian Acropolis and reveals known and unknown aspects of a world that continues to feed the minds and feelings of modern man. It is available for purchase in the Museum Shops.
The Acropolis Museum does not offer online shopping so far.
No.2 – Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. with two permanent exhibitions attempting to transport visitors to the world of antiquity.
It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.
Today, in the galleries of the MCA the visitor can approach three major subjects: Cycladic Art (3200 – 2000 BC), Ancient Greek Art (2000 BC – 395 AD) and Ancient Cypriot Art (3900 BC – 6th century AD).
The Museum of Cycladic Art holds a large collection of Ancient Greek Art with representative artifacts from all periods between the Middle Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC) to the very end of the Roman period (4th c. AD). The collection is exhibited on the 2nd and 4th floor of the Main Building under the titles A History in Images and Scenes from Daily Life in Antiquity.
The access to the Museum is possible by two points:
The Main Building for the permanent collections is at 4, Neophytou Douka str. And the Stathatos Mansion (Temporary exhibitions) at Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou str.
view darlings https://cycladic.gr/en/shop?museum=1
No.3 – Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum is a great donations by Emmanouil Benakis. It was left to the Greek nation by his heirs to house the collection of his son Antonis Benakis and is the oldest museum organisation, operating in Greece as an institution of private law.
It consists of 6 buildings (the Benaki Museum / Greek Culture, the 138 Pireos St., the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, the Yannis Pappas studio, the Ghika Gallery and the Delta Residence, and many special departments, such as the modern Greek architecture archive, the photographic archive, the conservation department, the library, the educational programmes, and the Shop. (Link for the museum http://www.benaki.gr )
The Benaki Museum Shop was established 35 years ago and was the first museum shop in Greece. It now consists of 3 branches in the respective museum buildings, and each one is individual in terms of the items it sells. All of the shops, however, have one goal: to support the Museum’s cultural work by providing a large part of its budget.
1. One branch is for the Greek culture at 1, Koumbari str. selling reproductions of the Museum’s exhibits.
Thankfully to the online shop, these faithful reproductions can easily be acquired by the public both in Greece and abroad. It is indicative that among the shop’s most loyal customers are the Greek state, the Church of Greece, ministries, embassies, banks and prominent organisations. This has led us to specialising in this area and with our many years’ experience we can advise our clients on their purchases or even help them customise their gifts.
2. The second branch sells original products preserving traditional crafts to contribute in preservation of traditional techniques that are dying out, by supporting the craftsmen and artisans. The address is in 138 Pireos str. in Tavros, Athens.
For example many of the fabrics used are woven on a loom, while some of the embroideries are made by hand; the jewellery is made by craftsmen who use techniques that are mostly lost these days. The Benaki Museum collaborates with many workshops, approximately 100 all over Greece, such as jewellery workshops in Yiannena, ceramics in Aegina and Skopelos, embroideries in northern Greece, etc. hem.
The new approach that established the Benaki Museum as a source of inspiration, made the Shop as a field in which many young designers and creators could express themselves. Traditional techniques, and the Museum’s exhibits, become the starting point to create modern items which are inspired and at times whimsical.
3. The 3rd branch is the Ghika Gallery sells both reproductions of artists whose work is exhibited in permanent collection and new works inspired in the majority by the works of N.Hadjikyriakos-Ghika and artists of the interwar generation. Top designers and creators in the applied arts share the space with new groups of designers. Special constructions for children designed by us, and collaborations with shops in museums abroad are part of this rich section that hopes to help expose the young to art.
Children also have the opportunity to work creatively in their free time and to become acquainted with works of art, artistic trends and techniques in a pleasant and entertaining manner. https://benakishop.gr
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