Ever since it was installed, on the Museum’s second floor, I’ve always included it in my tours, especially when I have a young audience.
Being a Lego fan myself, it goes without saying that I find the model exciting. Both the original (the Acropolis) and the medium (Legos) are big favorites of mine but more than that, the model is tremendous fun, with all the little scenes included, some mythological…
…others historical, and some pure fiction.
But sometimes the archaeologist in me kicks in and I look at it from a more “scholarly” perspective. When that happens, I can’t help noticing some minor inaccuracies in the rendering of archeological details.
For instance, the Caryatids on the Erechtheum are six instead of the mere three shown in the model. Then there are what seems to be triglyphs and metopes on every building of the Acropolis, which should only be on the Doric ones.
But I won’t let all that get in the way of my enjoying the model. Besides, I understand that scale is a problem when you have to work with Legos, and that the builder did the best he could under the circumstances.
However, I cannot forgive him one grave omission:
he included the Minotaur, Gandalf the Gray and even Indiana Jones….
– how could he have missed the one and only Darth Vader?
I expected more from the man who constructed the world’s largest Lego Darth Vader.
PS. Despite this huge omission, the model remains a favorite of mine with tremendous educational and entertaining value.
If you want to see an accurate model of the Acropolis, true to the archaeological and historic data, you will find what you seek and more on the ground floor of the Museum: a series of models of the Acropolis, one for every major time period, such as prehistory, medieval times, etc.
If however you wouldn’t mind a more playful, perhaps a little iconoclastic rendition of the Holy Rock, then the Lego model on the second floor is more suited to your needs.
Whatever you do, enjoy your tour of the museum.