Greece: Acropolis Museum To Open Early 2008

Date: 30 May 2007

After years of delays, Greece's new Acropolis Museum will open its gates to the public in early 2008, giving new impetus to efforts to bring home the Parthenon marbles from the British Museum.

Legal battles and missed deadlines have plagued the building – a large glass structure perched on thick concrete columns – but finally the project is nearing completion and will soon be ready to receive up to 10,000 visitors a day.

"The construction of the museum is expected to be complete by September, when the transfer of the items will begin," Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis told a news conference on Tuesday. "We expect it to be open to visitors in the beginning of 2008."

Story by Renee Maltezou 

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