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A Christmas gift to the Acropolis Museum

Visit the Acropolis Museum and see a model of the Acropolis made entirely of LEGO bricks, donated by the Nicholson Museum of Sydney University, home to the largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere. The model’s creator is the professional LEGO builder Ryan McNaught. He successfully constructed a copy of the Acropolis monument by using 120,000 bricks. The task took him about 300 hours and the model depicts the monuments both as they were in the 5th century B.C. and as they are today. Feast your eyes on this wonderful construction on the 2nd floor of the Acropolis Museum (no ticket required) where the library and workshop areas are also located.

LEGO created models of famous contemporary visitors to the Acropolis, such as Elton John, Dame Agatha Christie, Melina Mercouri and many more. LEGO figures of Oedipus, Lord Elgin and Sigmund Freud are already on their way to Greece, as part of a kind gift from the Sydney Nicholson Museum to the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Brickman Ryan McNaught has also built LEGO Colosseum and he is currently planning his next architectural LEGO construction of Pompeii. While the LEGO Acropolis model was on display in Australia more than 100,000 people paid it a visit.

The LEGO Acropolis exhibit has lead the Acropolis Museum to seek new ways to attract young visitors. Children's programmes are being prepared for 2015, where the young ones will experiment themselves in building their own brick constructions. While the grownups enjoy their travel back in time and admire the Sacred Rock’s archaeological findings, kids will have the chance to participate in the Museum’s holiday workshops. These will be led by archaeologists/curators for children aged 7 to 12. Secure your children’s participation in the workshop, as there will be a restriction on the number of participants. Make a point of asking which workshops are offered in english and enjoy learning through play with your children.

On the following two Sundays 21 and 28 December 2014, the Hellenic Navy Band will welcome all visitors with Christmas and New Year’s melodies and carols!

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