WHAT: Learn about the great disappearing acts of ancient Greek treasures that protected them from German marauders and air raids during World War II.
In a riveting display of photographic work entitled “In the Shadow of the Great War: capturing memories of Museums before and after the Occupation”, the National Archeological Museum (NAM) and the Archeological Museum of Delphi collaborate to show how the two museums toiled heroically to conceal and protect their most precious artifacts during the Second World War.
Six months before the first Nazi soldier entered Greece, the two museums were already hard at work, secretly hatching plans to preserve thousands of Greek treasures by hiding them in concrete-fortified trenches reminiscent of mass graves underneath the National Archeological Museum. By the time the occupying German officers arrived in late April 1941 to inspect the national museum, they were met by empty walls and showcases and not one artifact was ever found.
The exhibition, which opened as part of this year’s Oxi Day commemorations, is presented with the assistance of the French Archaeological School and the Directorate for the Management of the National Archives of Monuments, Documentation and Protection of Cultural Goods.
WHEN: Until December 6. Exhibition opening hours: Monday – Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm.
WHERE: National Archaeological Museum, 28is Oktovriou 44, tel: 213.214.4800, www.nam.gr
Insider Weekly, November 8, 2017.