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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 198 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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Athens, Greece
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Very nice museum, outlining the history of Greece, in a nice building. It is also very cheap (free for under 21s!). The restaurant is also very nice. In my opinion it could be more interesting if it had more media/interactive pieces, as one could get engaged with the Greek history more this way.

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Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Museum is in walking distance from the Parliament, great collection, a beautiful building and the museum shop is the best I have seen in Greece (not cheap).

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Amman, Jordan
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Moderate size elegant building, few minutes walk from the Parliament, close to the Egyptian Embassy. Has items from almost all of the historic periods of Greece. Has a good collection of Byzantine and Ottoman art.

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Ventura, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A trip to Athens would not be complete without a visit here. The museum covers all types of artifacts from Cycladic to Byzantium to Modern Greece. There are exhibits of costumes from all time periods and replicas of Macedonian reception rooms that just blew the mind away.

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Perth
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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