NEWS

Later hours at museums, sites

Three state museums are to host free concerts tonight under a new pilot program, while over 30 major archaeological sites and museums will operate under extended opening hours throughout the summer, the government said yesterday. The Byzantine Museum of Athens, the Archaeological Collection of Kifissia and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki will host free open-air concerts around 9 p.m. today. Similar events will be held every month. Meanwhile, the Culture Ministry said yesterday a total 34 sites and museums – including the two hosting concerts tonight – have been running since Monday, and will do until Oct. 10, from 8 or 8.30 a.m. to 7 or 7.30 p.m. These include all the major sites of central Athens, Sounio, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, Vergina, Pella, Lindos, Knossos, Phaestos, Aphaea, Mystras and Dion. The same will apply to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Iraklio museum, as well as museums at all the sites that are open late.