CULTURE

National Archaeological Museum: An update

The sad state of affairs at the National Archaeological Museum received wide attention recently (including coverage in international media) following the publication of a story in Kathimerini. The ensuing noise seems to have borne fruit: The paper was subsequently informed that a number of the museum?s halls are reopening.

While the Greek Ministry of Culture appears unable to grasp the issue?s serious and complicated dimensions, the matter has given rise to a kind of mobilization on the part of citizens, who are now volunteering their services. Unaware of how to deal with the huge bureaucracy, private citizens and associations are inquiring about how to get in touch with the Association of Friends of the National Archaeological Museum, which they can do by calling 210.822.9633 or sending an e-mail to [email protected]

On the same subject, Dr Stefanos Tsolakidis, president and CEO of Kleos SA, informed Kathimerini of a letter he had addressed to the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum and the Kaisariani Monastery. Dated May 17, the correspondence was communicated to the Prime Minister?s Office and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

In the letter, Dr Tsolakidis offered the company?s services (ranging from the provision of publicity material to cleaning, sales and security services) free of charge. He never received a reply. Speaking to Kathimerini, Tsolakidis noted that he is now in communication with the Association of Friends of the National Archaeological Museum.