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Benaki Museum

Address: 1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: 30 210 367 1000
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Ranked #10 of 178 Attractions in Athens
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 am
Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents the historical and cultural development of the Greek nation. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields –from the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period and from the fall of Constantinople to the struggle for Greek independence in 1821- the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece.
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see that one could easily spend a day here. Lovely displays of old costumes and embroidery. There is also a "friends and patrons of El Greco" exhibition which is fascinating, on until 1.3.2015

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Leven
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent an afternoon here which was not long enough to take everything in. We has visited several of the other museums before this and had seen enough pottery and statues to last us for a while. This museum has a selection of these on the ground floor including small statuettes which look similar in style to Doulton china ladies... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Both the original Benaki Museum in Kolonaki, as well as its younger outpost in Keramikos, are outstanding. The former for its traditional Greek history collections, and the latter for its avant-garde exhibits. Please visit bot!

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Rome
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We spent two rainy days there with great pleasure. The main collection is housed in the Benaki mansion, all the varied artifacts being selected and presented to an exceptionally high standard. The Islamic museum is in a different area, and there I patrticularly enjoyed gazing at the many examples of Isnik Turkish ceramics.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a first rate art museum. We visited here on a day when the national museum was closed, and were incredibly impressed with the collection, the exhibits, and the overall experience. If you can stand to visit one more museum while vacationing in Athens, make this one it.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum covers more than three millennia of Greek history, including ancient Greek jewellery to the Nobel prizes of the 20th century poets Elytis and Seferis.

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Athens, Greece
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I liked this museum because it contains artefacts from all periods of Greek history, from prehistorical times, first civilisations (Cycladic, Knossos..) until modern times (now). Very interesting! Very attractive building and interior!

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

the museum covers a history of more than 3000 years with jewels, paintings, clothing, hole rooms !!, Icons etc etc a Must see for those interested for the extra sth on their Holidays, take time... basenent plus 3 levels !! one bettet than the other !!

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

In my view, this is as good as a museum gets! Athens history from ancient times to modern well laid out over 4 floors. Extremely well kept and full explanations available for all exhibits. Need to have a good 2-3 hours to do this justice. Once you have finished the tour of exhibits, teat yourself in the cafe. Good coffee... More 

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east sussex
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is one of the best in Athens, four floors of Athens history from ancient times to recent history. the costumes and room layouts on the upper floors are a revelation, a must visit in Athens

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