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A New View of the Hill – the Acropolis Museum Sets to Open

June 18, 2009

The Acropolis Museum in Athens, originally planned to open 5 years ago, is now scheduled to open this Saturday, June 20th.  The museum was designed, in part, as a statement about the ongoing dispute over the marble sculptures that were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin some 200 years ago.  The sculptures, also known as the Elgin marbles, are currently held in the British Museum and their return has been long sought by Greece.  The Parthenon marbles have been emblematic of the dispute between countries whose cultural objects were either or taken or sold in the past, and those countries who retain the objects now.

In an interesting development, an offer made by the British Museum to loan the sculptures to the Acropolis Museum was rejected.  An acceptance of the offer apparently would have involved acknowledgement of the British Museum as the legal owner of the disputed sculptures.  

Greece Rejects British Museum’s Terms for Elgin Marbles Loan (Bloomberg)

New Acropolis Museum to Open Next Month

Images:  The New Acropolis Museum (NY Times)

The Acropolis Museum (official site): www.theacropolismuseum.gr