"Visitor to the Ministry, you are required to submit to a search and present your wand for registration at the security desk, which is located at the far end of the Atrium."
--disembodied female voice (OP7)
Level eight of the Ministry of Magic consists of the entry atrium and a corridor lined with twenty or more lifts (OP7).
The Atrium is the entrance and exit point for traffic in and out of the Ministry. At one end of the Atrium is a security desk and a large golden gate which leads to a corridor line with lifts. This floor is particularly busy as Ministry workers arrive in the morning (OP7, OP36, DH12).
The Atrium has its own entry on the Lexicon. Please visit this page for more details about the Atrium specifically.