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Benaki Museum

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Address: 1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: 30 210 367 1000
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents the...
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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Illuminating private collection, showcasing life and political strife in Greece through the ages

Benakis' private collection of art, jewellery and costume allows you to travel through the ages. It was a unique window into the lives of Greek people in the more recent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Benakis' private collection of art, jewellery and costume allows you to travel through the ages. It was a unique window into the lives of Greek people in the more recent historical periods.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

To get a fairly quick introduction into the ancient and modern culture and history of Greece up to Greek Independence this is the place. The setting in an old mansion make it very approachable and intimate. Going from room to room is like walking through history that is communicated through the personal belonging of the people who lived during those... More 

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Stavropoulos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Wish we had more time at the Benaki Museum. Fascinating place with well curated exhibits. Particularly enjoyed the maps and the icons. Cafe was wonderful. Food good, view fantastic and the people watching enjoyable. The museum shop was delightful although a bit pricey. Each location - short walk from the square or a quick taxi from most hotels.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Not huge and with very nice collections of ancient Greek pieces all the way to XX century paintings, traditional clothing and so much more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

For those of you in a hurry and dont have enough time to visit all of Athens' museums, this one is a "must". Beautifully arranged exhibitions, travel the visitor through the whole Greek history and culture. Close to National Gardens.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I had a set apart a day exclusively for museums , reached here after visiting National archeaological museum and Byzantine museum I was tired of seeing all the old excavated stuff . Benaki museum was such a different experience it also has exhibits of paintings and tells more about the life style and history of later century greeks. The cafe... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I really enjoyed this collection in this beautiful space with artifacts throughout Greek history, some really stunning pieces. Well laid out over multiple floors with a nice cafe on the top floor. Lift access for those who can't or don't want to do the stairs. Nice giftshop here too.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If Athens is worth visiting for, it is thanks to its museums, and the Benaki Museum in Kolonaki is one of the most well kept and outstanding ones! The building itself housing some of the treasures of Greece's Civilization with emphasis on its modern history, is a real jewel. The exhibits are displayed in a manner that some of them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

You won't find heaps of tourist crowds here, but you will find locals having a weekend meal in the cafe. The private museum has exquisite displays with a great overview of Greek history. And the gift shop is the best! I did my Christmas shopping here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Oh if every city had a museum like the Benaki, Paris of course comes close, with it's perfect, popular terrace restaurtant, amazingly original and diverse gift shop, and oh yes!! - the collections it holds therein. A vast array of Greek treaures are hidden here, many floors - you can really pick what you are interested in. Designers come here... More 

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
By far the ritziest neighborhood in town, Kolonaki is home to most of the chic boutiques and designer label stores. Here, the wealthy say no to austerity by dressing in their finest and spending hours in the trendy cafés around Kolonaki Square, sipping the most expensive coffee in Europe. The area also contains a couple of notable museums and cultural institutions, which add to the air of nobility. The leafy upper reaches of Kolonaki transition into Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in central Athens. Climb the paths through its wooded slopes to the tiny chapel at the top, from where you are rewarded with stunning views across the Acropolis to the sea and even the mountains of the Peloponnese on a clear day. The wooden amphitheater up here hosts regular concerts during the summer.
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