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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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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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Nice small museum

Well worth visiting.There is an entrance fee of €7. Not as complete as National Archeological Museum but nice snd besutiful. Very good cafe with a roof terrace.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Well worth visiting.There is an entrance fee of €7. Not as complete as National Archeological Museum but nice snd besutiful. Very good cafe with a roof terrace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Absolutely loved it, my favorite museum of the ones I went in Athens. There is a lot of information, and lots to see. Not just the usual archeological monuments but also jewelry and clothing. It's a must see!!

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New York
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A fabulous museum is being kept alive because of the dedicated work of the educated Greek middle class. Priceless photographs of the 20th century, byzantine, and modern Greece are kept alive because of persons such as Eleni Tsakona. Many negatives and prints are stored, with free access by researchers. A laboratory stores old photos. Ms. Tsakona information to all persons... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Really enjoyed this museum as you have a more personal view of Greek history. The artwork, jewelry, pottery, attire, etc., were all incredibly interesting. We decided to go here after tiring of multiple stone ruins and were very glad that we did. It is well presented and worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We took about an hour to tour through this delightful museum. A great collection of very ancient sculptures, art, and pottery. It was air conditioned so it is a nice respite from the heat of the summer as well. After visiting the museum, take a stroll through the park and enjoy a cup of coffee at their cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

An excellent museum housed in a former mansion recently enlarged. The displays are well laid out & easy to follow. The roof terrace cafe is great value & has good views over the gardens, parliament & Syntagma square. This competes very favourably with the Frick Museum in New York City as possibly 2 of the very best museums to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Were taken here by Greek friends.Well worth visiting.There is an entrance fee of €7 but it's free some days so check it out..Close to Syntagma . Very good cafe with a roof terrace.Waitress service.The Greek pie was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Interesting history preservation...was not complete during my visit but helped me get an understanding of the history of the region and the early Greece! I learned a lot in the five hours I was here...saw lots of people do it faster. Beautiful building...Highly recommend restaurant...free wifi...nice postcards in gift shop (no stamps). Thursday was free until 11:30 PM, but I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is one of four museums all within easy walking distance and I strongly recommend you allow a day to see them all (War, Byzantine, Cycladic and Benaki). The Benaki is a collection covering the stone age to the modern era and it complements all the other museum collections. I particularly liked the exhibits from Greek Independence but there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Not sure what we expected. A wonderful museum of Greek culture and history. A beautiful collection of costumes! If you need a bite to eat or a drink the cafe closes before the museum but looked like it had a really nice patio to enjoy.

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Address: 1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: 30 210 367 1000
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Attica  >  Athens>  > Kolonaki / Lykavittos
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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