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Visitors pour into museums

- by Jeremy Guest

Visitors pour into museums.

The large rise in holiday visitors to Greece and the Greek Islands this year has given a major boost to Greek museums and archaeological sites. Latest figures show visitor numbers at museums and ancient monuments in the first three months of the year jumped more than 30% on 2012.

According to the Hellenic Statistical Authority), in January to April, visitors to museums reached 833,105 in total while at archaeological sites the number of tourists topped one million – a rise of 35.4%.

The Acropolis Museum in Athens tops the table in visitor numbers with 289,006 visitors followed by the National Archaeological Museum with 122,497 visits.

Other museums attracting big crowds were the Archaeological Museum of Olympia up 88.9% on last year at the Delphi Archaeological Museum which saw a 39.2% rise in visitors.

The Acropolis is again first in the table of archaeological sites with 276,314 visitors this year and Ancient Olympia is second with 76,697.

Other top attractions were the Mycenae Acropolis with 75,835 visitors and Epidaurus with 71,650. But it is the same story across Greece and the Greek islands with numbers up everywhere.

Total revenues from sales at museums and ancient sites were also up sharply reaching €5,431,269 a rise of by 22.7% on last year.

The total number of visitors at all museums and sites, including free open days, topped the three million mark by April prompting forecasts of a new all-time visitor record this year.