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Benaki Museum

1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
30 210 367 1000
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As featured in 3 days in Athens
Ranked #11 of 194 attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Perth
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful private museum located half way between Syntagma Square and the exclusive Kolonaki district. It is worth spending some time looking at the exhibits that are well laid out and cover most of the periods of Greece but focus on the period of Byzantium, Ottoman occupation and the subsequent liberation of Greece. There is also a lovely... More

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Heraklion
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Beautifully designed layouts , exhibits which lead the visitor's eyeline through a magical mystery tour of lifestyle, interior designs,clothes and much , much more!

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Basel, Switzerland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This museum is in what looks like a large home. It is a leisurly walk through time with unbelievably historic items to view. There is also a good restaurant for a lunch on the 3rd floor.

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Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Has holdings from the Archaic period through the 20th century, well-curated with excellent descriptions in several languages. Great restaurant/cafe. And really fine museum shop. Wonderful collection of traditional Greek clothing, on mannequins.

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Athens, Greece
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've lived in Athens for over 4 years and I had never visited the place, and I really don't know why. So one day, I decided to pay a visit. It is an archeological, Byzantine and folk museum and a gallery combined. The exhibits are in chronological order starting from about 2600BC leading up to about 1940. Every room is... More

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LA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I loved everything about the art work and the staff was so helpful! I have never seen a 6 foot craving before.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is nice smaller museum but can be a little hard to find. It's got good collection of all parts of the hellenic history. What really sets this one apart is they have an amazing exhibition of the tradional dress that will give you a peek of what the common people used to wear and do. All the way at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Benaki Museum was a jewel and though it had a smaller collection, all the artifacts were interesting and the staff was very informative. Amazing. A must Visit.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a museum to spend time in, to linger. One of the most obscure pieces -- the lady of Larissa -- a prehistoric female figure, is a simple and stunning piece.

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Melbourne, Australia
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64 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had a one day stopover in Athens. The Bernaki Museum had been recommended to us by a cultured Greek woman we had met in Paros. The woman was right, it's a terrific museum. A gem in fact. It's conveniently close to Cyntagna square and it's full of interesting pieces which are very well presented. It's a treat for anyone... More

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