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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 #12 of 201 Attractions in Athens
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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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Rauma, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This museum was recommended to us by some locals we met on the subway from the airport to Athens. It is more about recent and contemporary Greece and very informative and enjoyable.

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portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We have found this museum very interesting, some fantastic objects going back to the neolithic era. It also gives an excellent insight into Greek history "in a nutshell" way. It will be of particular interest to people with interest in history and ancient art.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The museum has a georgious collection of holy icons - it's worth to see. The collection of folk art is really exquisite. It is free one day a week.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A brilliant museum worth every penny. It covers a large part of history, and is close to the hop-on-hop-off bus, so you have no excuse to visit!

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DF, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

No time to visit a lot of historical places? Entrance is for free. You'll have regional clothes, ancient handcraft, excellent wood works, an El Greco paint! They have a real size from Virgin and Child mosaic replica from Aga Sophia, Istambul. Have a complete Muslims rooms, so great religious artifacts, nice paints and more, much more!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Wow...one of Greece's most important 20th century artists, Nikos Ghika. The art gallery of this artist reopened to the public about two years ago. Located at 3 Kriezotou Street just off Synatagma Square contains the artists studio and apartment, plus a beautifully laid out three floor survey of mid-century Greek art and culture. 7€ fee for entrance. Only open Wednesday... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Dont miss it. This museum contains a superb private collection by Benakis Family. The old building in the heart of Athens, THE NEW BUILDING is quite close ot metro station KERAMIKOS. In the new wing a lot of temporary exhibitions take place, but in the old one is the greek history glory with artifacts from ancinet times till traditional costumes... More

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Freycinet National Park, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I loved this museum. Wide collection of exhibits at the main museum that chronicles Greek history. Greece being one of the main civilisations of the world certainly has a lot of history. Well worth the effort to check this out. I understand they have other campuses with collections of islamic art and other items that are not exhibited here.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you want to know more about Athens than the (otherwise excellent) Archaeological and Acropolis museums, try the Benakis. You will see and "feel" the history of Greece through costumes, tools, art, objects and so on. Also don't miss the temporary exhibitions. They are usually quite striking.

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ponte vedra beach, fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

So sorry but thought it was overrated and pricey. I would put it on my long list, although there are displays of ancient and modern Greek art and representative of Islamic, Coptic and Byzantine works.

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