Beginning Saturday, December 10, Chicagoans can discover the latest and greatest thing in ancient history with the grand opening of the National Hellenic Museum's new building. The National Hellenic Museum, the only major institution in the U.S. dedicated to the Greek and Greek American journey, showcases the story of Greek history, culture and arts from ancient times to today.
The state-of-the-art new building, located at the corner of Halsted and Van Buren, is in the heart of Chicago's Greektown and weighs in at quadruple the size of the old building. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 12,000-square-foot exhibition space; a special event space for lectures and performances; classrooms; and the 2,800-square-foot Gus & Mary Stathis Library that features a collection of more than 10,000 books, periodicals and archival works plus an oral history section that relates the stories of 200 Greek Americans.
The Museum's first featured exhibit is Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece, that is located in the John P. Calamos, Sr. Great Hall. This family-friendly exhibition, created by the Children's Museum of Manhattan, gives visitors of all ages a chance to meet with Greek gods, enjoy 25 interactive experiences, climb into a 12-foot Trojan Horse and imagine themselves in the detailed texture of life in ancient Greece. This special exhibit will run from December 2011 through August 2012.
In Search of Home: The Greek Journey From Myth to Modern Day, the Museum's signature permanent exhibition is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2012.
For more information on the Museum, visit the National Hellenic Museum online or call 312 655-1234.