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13.09.2017 / Announcements


September – November 2017

Family events and educational activities on Saturdays and Sundays in the context of the temporary exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’ organized by the Acropolis Museum and the Onassis Foundation.

Children and parents experience the emotions of the ancient world through a wide-range of imaginative events and activities that begin on Sunday, 17 September at the Acropolis Museum and on Saturday, 14 October at the Onassis Library (56, Amalias Avenue)! Organized by the two institutions in the context of the exhibition ‘εmotions, a world of emotions’, these educational events enable young people and adults to see the exhibition, discover the myths behind its 129 masterpieces, and make their own imaginary stories, designing ancient masks and participating in an enchanting journey of emotions.  

On Saturdays and Sundays, children and the adults escorting them are invited at the Onassis Library and the Acropolis Museum respectively. There, they encounter Achilles, Ajax, Menelaus, Helen of Troy, Medea, Phaedra, as well as antiquity’s common folk. From Sunday, 17 September to Sunday, 19 November, they become active participants in a wide range of unique educational activities.

The educational events are free of charge (for all children and one parent or adult escorting them). Reservations are required. Due to limited availability, participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.

•     For reservations for Sunday events at the Acropolis Museum, please call 210–9000900 (Monday to Friday, 15:00 to 17:00).

•     For reservations for Saturday events at the Onassis Library, please email or call 210–3713001 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00). |


Α) Acropolis Museum – Events and activities for children & parents every Sunday,
17 September – 19 November 2017

Children get to know the Museum’s archaeologists-hosts. They participate either creatively or as audience in exciting activities, bursting of emotions. Adults escorting the children can watch projections about the Parthenon at the Virtual Reality Theatre. If they wish to, they can contribute to their children’s thematic works by making their own creations. They also have the possibility to visit the exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’ at the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

1) Through the Eyes, Hands, Lips, and Ears...
Children from 4 to 6 years old have their own understanding of the senses and emotions portrayed in the exhibition. In this event, they depict creatures that feel and express particular emotions for spectators of these wonderful and monumental works.   
Date: On Sundays: 1, 8, 15 October & 5 November 2017
Time: 12:00
Duration: 50 minutes

2) Stories of Mythical Protagonists
Children from 7 to 12 years old know the world of emotions through mythological narrations. Aiming to stir emotions, they choose their personal way of expression (such as creative writing, narration, visual or representative art) in portraying the same or similar stories, whose protagonists are emotional and expressive.
Date: On Sundays: 17 September, 22 October & 12 November
Time: 12:00
Duration: 70 minutes

3) Stories of Imagination at Spaces for Emotions

Children from 8 to 14 years old talk about the world of emotions portrayed in objects of this temporary exhibition, about the places where they were originally found as well as their existing environment, i.e. the museum. They ‘journey’ through different places and periods, surrounding the exhibits with numerous visitors, be they ‘supernatural’, human, animals or plants, who experience a wide range of emotions.
Date: On Sundays: 24 September, 29 October & 19 November
Time: 12:00
Duration: 60 minutes

Β) Onassis Library – Activities for parents & children on Saturdays
(preceded by a guided tour of the exhibition at the Acropolis Museum)
14 October – 18 November 2017

At 10 am, children and their parents (or the adults escorting them) will be given a guided tour of the exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’ by archaeologists-hosts of the Acropolis Museum. At 11 am they will walk to the Onassis Library, which is at walking distance from the Museum (56, Amalias Avenue). There, they will participate in educational activities inspired by the world of emotions in antiquity.

1) Making my Own Emoticon
Inspired by the exhibition’s masterpieces, children from 10 to 14 years old use tablets in designing their own emoticons, which depict various emotions. In turn, they try to connect these with particular exhibits.
Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017
Time: 10:00 guided tour of the exhibition (Acropolis Museum); 11:00 workshop (Onassis Library)
Overall Duration: 3 hours
Team: Costas Diamantis (3D Graphics & Game Developer; Software & Media Administrator, Onassis Cultural Centre) & Nefeli Kaimaka (educator; PhD Candidate of ancient history, University of Athens)

2) An Ocean of Emotions
Taking the exhibition as a starting point, children from 9 to 14 years old creatively discuss the notion of emotions and their role in decision-making. This interactive event aims to touch the depths of our ocean of emotions, enabling us to get to know ourselves better!
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017
Time: 10:00 guided tour of the exhibition (Acropolis Museum); 11:00 educational programme (Onassis Library)
Overall Duration: 3 ½ hours
Team: Alexandros Papandreou (Founder of the organization Charismatheia; PhD Candidate at National Centre for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’, Computational Intelligence Laboratory)

3) Paintellings: The Emotions of the Olympian Gods
Children from 6 to 9 years old take a journey through an audio-visual and interactive programme of narration and live illustration, which includes cognitive games of memory and imagination. Fairy tales drawing on the exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’ come to life for our young friends, who participate and express their ideas and emotions, thus making up their own, inspired versions of the story.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 10:00 guided tour of the exhibition (Acropolis Museum); 11:00 educational event (Onassis Library)
Overall Duration: 3 hours
Led by: Lida Varvarousi (writer and illustrator)

4) The Orchestra of Emotions*
Children from 9 to 12 years old discover an entire world of emotions through music. At the same time, connections are made with expressions and depictions of emotions in other art-forms, such as sculpture in antiquity.
Date: Saturday, 11 November 2017
Time: 10:00 guided tour of the exhibition (Acropolis Museum); 11:00 workshop (Onassis Library)
Overall Duration: 3 hours
Team: Zoe Zeniodi (conductor) & Myrsini Margariti (soprano); in collaboration with a team of musicians

*The programme will also take place in public primary schools in Attica. For more information, please contact:
5) Workshop for Making Ancient Masks
Children from 8 to 14 years old create their own ancient masks, coming in contact with the history of ancient Greek theatre and reviving strong emotional scenes of tragic heroes.
Date: Saturday, 18 November 2017
Time: 10:00 guided tour of the exhibition (Acropolis Museum); 11:00 workshop (Onassis Library)
Overall Duration: 3 ½ hours
Team: Alexandros Loggos (visual artist) & Nefeli Kaimaka (educator; PhD Candidate of ancient history, University of Athens)

Designing educational activities in the context of the exhibition ‘εmotions’ was led by:
Archaeologists Hosts, Acropolis Museum
Christina Panagiotakou, Onassis Foundation
Vicky Gerontopoulou, Onassis Foundation

General Information on the temporary exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’
Duration: 18 July to 19 November 2017
Venue: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Acropolis Museum (ground floor)
(15, Dionysiou Areopagitou Street)
Tickets: 3€
For ticket sales, please contact the Ticket Desk at the Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum – Thematic Presentations & Archaeologists-Hosts
1)  Thematic Presentations ‘εmotions: an Archaeological Walk through Emotions’

Every Saturday and Sunday, visitors have the possibility of guided tours of the exhibition ‘εmotions, a world of emotions’. These are led by the Museum’s archaeologists-hosts. Walking through the exhibition, visitors become witnesses of the human soul, whose emotions and passions are expressed through ancient art.

2) Archaeologists-Hosts at the Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Every Tuesday an archaeologist-host will be at a designated area in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues regarding the Museum and antiquity in general, but also the exhibition ‘εmotions’ in particular.

For more information on the thematic presentations of the exhibition ‘εmotions: a world of emotions’ and Archaeologists-Hosts, please see:

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