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Benaki Museum

1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
30 210 367 1000
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Ranked #14 of 208 Attractions in Athens
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 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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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

If you have budgeted more than a day or two for Athens, this is a must. Athens has a much greater history than its ancient days and it's brought to life here

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New Britain, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Disappointing stop, I visited on recommendation of guide book. The permanent collection was OK. As a fan of El Greco I jumped at the opportunity to see their special exhibition, 5 euros later I was in one small room with a handful of color copy reproductions! Boo to you Benaki Museum for ripping me off.

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Jacksonville, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This review is for the main Benaki Museum in Kolonaki, not the Benaki Contemperary art museum on Pireaus street. The museum is very comprehensive and includes art from periods of greek history that may not be as well represented in other museums in Athens. I enjoyed the exhibits of clothing worn in different periods.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Rich and famous this museum presents the evolution of greek folk culture until recently. ALSO there is an EXCELLENT CAFE RESTAURANT on the top floor with view and a wonderfull gift shop at the entrance!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We recently visited Athens and had read that the Benaki Museum was not to be missed....well....it was much more than what we had expected. It is located in a beautiful avenue next to several embassies. The museum is in a beautiful mansion and it has a large collection of artifacts dating as far back as 5000 bc! It also has... More

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Free admission on Thursdays. There are many rooms of very interesting items. We didn't have much time to look around as were on our way up to Lycabettus Hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Learn the history of Greece thru the modern century, see great works of art all showcased in a very nice mansion that is very well kept, clean, and centrally located across the large city park. The best part? It's free on thursdays!

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I went to the museum expecting to see a range of contemporary and traditional Greek art. In terms of historical Greek art it was plentiful! However, there was no contemporary art! No art made within the last 500 years. If you are a fan of Ancient Greek tapestry however you should go.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Benaki Museum twice. I live in Australia - a long way from Greece. The museum is housed in a lovely villa owned by Mr Benaki, who is the benefactor of many of the outstanding exhibits. I could write on and on. But all I really want to say is "Go There"!

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Benaki museum is fascinating and not too large (compared with the Archeological Museum!) but I really recommend the cafe. It is at the top of the building with a terrace which gives a fine view over the National Gardens, Parliament and the centre of Athens. Hardly a "cafe" really - table service with excellent food (greek salad very good)... More

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