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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 #11 of 189 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Cited in the Parliament area of the city I thought the museum was only for show....more people in the restaurant than in the viewing galleries....

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Benaki is well worth a visit. Amazing museum filled with artifacts which were collected over many years and then donated, with the owners home, to the people of Greece. This is a very eclectic collection and gives a real insight into the past of Greece and also Egypt as Benaki himself was a Greek living there. Well worth a visit... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent exhibition of El Greco paintings. There were only a few real paintings (the rest were digital reprints) but lots of interesting history about his life, friends, family and career.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

In the Museum's neoclassical building,the collections that narrate the history of Hellenism over time are displayed in an enriched form.There is also a shop into the Museum complex.Strongly recommended to pay a visit.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Benaki museum is one of Athens nicest museums. It is rather small in comparison with the Acropolis Museum or other bigger museums. If someone visits Athens for a short time then maybe this museum could be skipped but if one has more time in Athens this is a must.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Taken so well through History through every floor. We went to the " El Greco" exhibition, but we're disappointed at the little information given on him. It gave lots of detail about the people surrounding him.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Visiting the Benaki Islamic Arts Museum is very worthwhile during any trip to Athens. The collection is great and the displays and related information are very useful.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I think it is very nice,it has a lot of popular greek suits various collections to represent the whole greece

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Benaki museums are better than epxected. They have some great treasures, well organized from paleolithic to modern Greece history. The museum shop is a gem.Their Islamic art museum on the other side of Ermou street is also worth visiting.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Nice museum with a rooftop cafe and the museum shop had very good priced items that were not "tourist" mark ups. I enjoyed getting beautiful cards and small gifts for my family. Small but nice museum. Near the hub of the Heart of Athens were all the locals go to drink coffee and relax.

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