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GreeceExpansion plans will raise National Archaeological Museum's profile globally, PM Mitsotakis says

Expansion plans will raise National Archaeological Museum’s profile globally, PM Mitsotakis says

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The new plans for the National Archaeological Museum of Athens will create a landmark for the capital and “more space to show the magnificent exhibits of one of the greatest collections globally,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday, at the presentation of the central museum’s expansion project.

Currently, he said, “we are showing less than 10% of what we have in storage,” while he also cited disappointing numbers of visitors that barely exceed 500,000 a year for a national museum with such a wealth of artefacts. The government’s intention is to use private donations for the required reports, and national and EU funding to build the museum.

The premier also referred to the new law approved in Parliament this week that changes the legal status of the National and another four museums. The change will provide them with greater independence from the Culture Ministry, and flexibility to claim their place in the global museum map, he said.

Culture & Sports Minister Lina Mendoni said the National Archaeological Museum’s expansion will revive the area around it and promote the national character of the museum, and hailed the project as a personal vision of Mitsotakis.

The plans include a second building connected to the current one without overshadowing it, gardens, and a green square.

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