Our last day in Greece was another easy one as Jeff recovered his strength. We did manage to make it to the new Acropolis Museum. The museum opened to the public just a few days before we were there. Because it was so new, it was also the most crowded of all the museums we went to. It took us 20 - 30 minutes to get through the security line and get tickets. Fortunately, the museum itself is large enough that the crowds were not overwhelming.
The museum was well done. The walkway from the first to the second floor is lined with artifacts from the Acropolis. This includes clay figurines that were used as offerings and lots of pottery. The floor of this walkway (and the outside entry) is glass so you can see below to the Makrygianni archaeological site. The site is still being excavated; being able to see into it is quite neat.
The second floor has a whole lot of statues. It also has pediments from a temple that predated the Parthenon on the same site. The gem of the second floor are the pieces from the Erectheum. This includes the friezes, reconstructed pediments, and the original Caryatids. One nice thing about this museum was that most pieces were not behind glass. You could get right up to the Caryatids and other pieces and get a good look. My favorite piece on the second floor was a stone ball with mysterious carvings in it; apparently they are not quite sure what purpose it served.
The third floor of the museum is dedicated to the Parthenon. The floor is actually offset from the floors below it so that it lines up with the Parthenon. The main room of the third floor is set up to be slightly larger than the Parthenon. Inside that room that have original pieces and casts from the metopes, frieze, and pediments of the Parthenon with gaps for the pieces that have been lost completely. The metopes and frieze are arranged around the room in their original ordering on the Parthenon with columns of the room corresponding to where Parthenon columns would have been. The display gives a really great sense of the scale of the original. Overall, it was a sufficiently impressive display.