A temporary exhibition dedicated to Eleusis and the Great Mysteries is running at the Acropolis Museum through May 2018. The exhibition features the most important works that have been brought to light by excavations in Eleusis. These include the unique statue of Fleeing Persephone (1st half of the 5th century BC), ” the votive relief depicting Demeter and Kore (Persephone) and ceremonial vessels, such as kernos, plemochoe and thymiaterion, as well as monuments depicting the leading figures of the great mysteries, Hierophant and Dadouchos.
The exhibition also includes archaeological findings from the Athenian Eleusinion and the Sacred Way (the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in the Dafni area), as the religious procession started from Athens with a host of Initiates and candidates for initiation, and ended up in the Eleusis Telesterion.
The exhibition area is in the shape of the Eleusinian Telesterion, including a small-scale version of the dark Anaktoron where visitors can watch a 15-minute video presentation with aerial photographs of the Sacred Way, representations, models, the archaeological site of Eleusis and many emblematic exhibits.
The exhibition is organized with the collaboration of the Acropolis Museum and the West Attica Ephorate of Antiquities. The exhibits come from the Archaeological Museum of Eleusis and the National Archaeological Museum.
On Friday, March 23, the Acropolis Museum will start new gallery talks on the temporary exhibition, each week giving visitors the opportunity to “travel” to ancient Eleusis and discover the connection of Eleusis, Athens and the Acropolis alongside Museum Archaeologist-Hosts.
Gallery talks in Greek will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m., while talks in English are set to take place every Sunday, at 11 a.m. Each talk is 45 minutes long, and due to the limited number of visitors allowed in each, same day registration at the Museum’s Information Desk is required. Registration is free, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.