Move over, Mona Lisa, The Acropolis Museum in Athens was ranked sixth in in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers Choice Awards for 2018 for museums, just ahead of the famed Louvre in Paris.
Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi and inaugurated in 2009 with the intention of getting the British Museum to return the stolen Parthenon Marbles – which didn’t happen – the building, says the review, “is as stunning as the treasures it houses,” despite some criticism for its already-aging and greying cement exterior.
The world’s best museum, according to the site, is another in Paris, the Musee d’Orsay, followed by New York’s National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and last year’s number one, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The British Museum in London was fourth and Madrid’s Prado was just ahead of the Acropolis Museum, a glass facade that faces the Acropolis and whose top floor holds space intended for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.
After the Louvre, coming eighth was the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, followed by the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and in tenth was the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Reviews on the Boston-based TripAdvisor indicate visitors believe the Acropolis Museum is worth its hype. Of 30,432 reviews so far, nearly half – 14,246 – rated it excellent, 3,243 as very good, 757 said average, 144 rated it poor and 47 said it was terrible.
A visitor this week from Long Beach, California wrote, “I’m not a history buff, but this is a beautiful museum and the history of Ancient Greece and the Parthenon is presented in a very engaging way,” happy with it.
Another, from Nottingham, England was even more enthused. “Having also visited the old Acropolis museum in the past, this new one is a jewel for Athens. Very well thought architecture and well placed artefacts. Spectacular! MUST VISIT!” was the review.