Visitors flock to museums

The number of visitors to museums and archaeological sites last year likely reached a record high of more than 10 million, officials said yesterday as they revealed an imminent -1 billion investment program. The Culture Ministry said that the number of people visiting ancient sites rose by 9.2 percent in 2006 from 2005. Visitors to museums went up by 7.4 percent. «We expect this trend to be strengthened, given that some significant developments have yet to be completed, such as the new Acropolis Museum, and some have just been completed, such as the Archeological Museum in Thessaloniki,» said the ministry’s General Secretary Christos Zachopoulos. The ministry said that it has secured around -1 billion to spend from now until 2013. Much of this will go to protecting and improving archaeological sites.

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