IMPORTANT NOTE: Please bring your conference ID badges for these events.
Welcome Reception - Byzantine Museum of Athens
Friday, August 31 - After the conference sessions, participants will be transferred to the Byzantine Museum, near the center of Athens. Following a quick museum tour (about 19:00-19:50), a drinks reception will take place (about 20:00-21:30). Afterwards, participants can choose their own destination for dinner.
Shuttle buses will depart from the Conference Venue (Athens College), following the conclusion of the Friday sessions and around 18:30. The ride to the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens takes 20-25 minutes.
Participants will be able to enter the Museum (free of charge - please bring your conference badge) and visit its permanent exhibitions areas for about one hour. Note that this is not a guided tour and the Museum closes at 20:00, so your visit should be completed by 19:55.
Founded in 1914, the Byzantine Museum houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts, and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the Late Middle Ages. As one of the most important museums in the world in Byzantine Art, it offers an overview of how the ancient world was gradually transformed into the modern world in Europe and around.
After 20:00, a drinks reception will be held at the gardens of the Museum.
Participants who do not wish to take the shuttle bus from the conference venue to the Byzantine Museum, can of course move independently, by taxi, Metro or public bus. They can join the main group for the Museum tour from 19:00 and for drinks from 20:00. The Museum is very close to the Metro station "Evangelismos". It is also about a 10-12 minutes' walk from the central Athens square, Syntagma.
After the reception, participants can move independently. Popular areas with restaurants are within a 10-15 minutes' walk, like the Kolonaki or Syntagma areas, while many other such areas (Thission, Monastiraki, Gazi, Psiri, Plaka, etc.) can be reached easily by Metro (which on Friday operates until 2am).
Conference Dinner - Acropolis Museum
Saturday, September 1 - After the conference sessions, participants will be transferred to the Acropolis Museum, in the center of Athens, very close to Syntagma Square. Participants will be able to have a private tour of the museum. Following the tour, a buffet dinner will be offered at the museum restaurant.
Shuttle buses will depart from the Conference Venue (Athens College), following the conclusion of the Saturday sessions and around 18:30. The ride to the Acropolis Museum takes about 25 minutes.
A private Museum tour has been arranged (free of charge - please bring your conference badge). The museum opened to the public in 2009 and is focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built to house artifacts found on the rock of the Acorpolis and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters.
Following the tour, and at about 20:45, drinks and a buffet dinner will be offered at the restaurant of the Acropolis Museum.
After the reception, participants can move independently back to their hotels, or possibly for a last drink. The pedestrian walkway connecting the Acropolis Museum to Acropolis itself is a beautiful place for a walk, leading eventually to the popular areas of Thision and Monastiraki. The Syntagma and Plaka areas are also about a 10 minutes' walk. The Metro station "Acropolis" is just next to the Museum (the Metro on Saturday operates until 2am).
Participants that do not wish to take the shuttle bus from the conference venue to the Acropolis Museum, can of course move independently, by taxi, Metro or public bus. They can join the main group for the Museum tour from about 19:45 and for dinner from about 20:45. The Museum is just next to the Metro station "Acropolis". It is also about a 10 minutes' walk from the central Athens square, Syntagma.
[Hint, to avoid possible confusion: Please note that the Acropolis Museum is NOT next to the Acropolis archeological site - it is about a 10 minutes' walk from there. Also, the Acropolis Museum is NOT the National Archeological Museum - the latter is at another part of Athens.]