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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 205 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Photography is definitely allowed, with reservations on flash. The quality of the artefacts is superb; the chronology is correct starting from Neolithic Greece, working through Geometric, Cycladian, Roman, Byzantine frescos, all the way to the Greek war of independence. The Highlight of the museum to me was a pair of pistols owned by Lord Byron. I highly recommend it

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The Benaki Museum is one of those 'oft overlooked treasures of the world. In a former private residence, it is home to the finest collection of Greek art and history in the country. This should be a must see early in anyone's Greek adventure. The restaurant high up above Athens is a must with fantastic food. The collections are astounding... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum is the favourite choice of most Athenian insiders. Its in swany Kolonaki, the upscale diplomatic area (see French Embassy right next door with armed guards). This is a sort of private collection with three floors of superbly well-chosen items from a cross-section of Greek history. The paintings on the top floor are still as fresh as created yesterday.... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Must see if you are an art lover ! Just walk down from syntagma, and there it is. Very lovely paintings , old greek traditions , and a great collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Perfectly organised, lovely restaurant at the top, with a terrace, where you can enjoy the view while having a bite to eat. You can start from the bottom and make your way up thus going through the exhibits in chronological order which gives you a very good feeling of the history of Greece. A definite must if visiting Athens.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Benaki is the museum you recommend to people who only have a couple of days to spend in Athens. Large, gracious spaces, a collection that ranges from the Neolithic to WW1, this is the extraordinary collection of just one man. And it gives you a real feel for the whole spread of Greek history, including the period when Greece... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a great small museum especially giving a real insight into Greece through the ages. It's just the right size if you don't have the energy for the larger museums. I don't think €7 is expensive and if you go on a Thursday as I did, it is totally free! Do eat or have a drink in the cafe... More

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hickory, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Few museums can claim to use space so judiciously. The collection begins with antiquity and moves through the culture and accomplishments of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods and into the present. Presentation of icons, native costumes, jewelry, and artistry impress viewers with the spectacle of Greek uniqueness. Not to be missed. A cafe lunch rounds out the visit.

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Saratoga, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The last time we went to Athens, we just hopped a train in from the cruise ship and ended up about 4 blocks from the Benaki Museum. We tried other places but as luck would have it the Benaki was open on the day we were there, while the others were closed - so visiting it was a no brainer.... More

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Terni, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Bernaki collection offers a comparatively small but excellent selection of Greek art and crafts through the ages. The museum offers samples of what is exhibited in several other museums in Athens so it is a good choice if there is no time for more visits or to decide which museum will be next. The exhibits are well displayed and... More

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