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Benaki Museum

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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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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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 museum

A nice, well laid out museum, with a wide collection covering much of Greek history. The cafe is also nice, with a nice view of the Acropolis.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A nice, well laid out museum, with a wide collection covering much of Greek history. The cafe is also nice, with a nice view of the Acropolis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

There are lots of museums and ruins to see in Athens but this museum has a magnificent collections of art works, relics from ancient to modern Greece. Excellent place to spend the day and have lunch in the museum restaurant

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A very friendly welcome, free cloakroom, great cafe which served me the best cup of tea I had in Athens. I loved the exhibits which included many Greek costumes, colourful embroidery, recreations of rooms, etc. It was beautifully done and I'd definitely recommend it. Just a short walk from Syntagma Square.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Benaki Museum near the Parliament has an extensive collection of Greek costume, jewelry, and artwork that offers a small glimpse in the lifestyle of the ancient Greeks. I would definite visit the Benaki Museum again the next time I'm in Athens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place has a beautiful collection of pottery, statues, jewellery, costumes, paintings and room interiors. It is a feast for the eyes and it gives on overview of Greek arts and crafts through the ages. I loved the interiors of the Macedonian houses belonging to rich merchants. The collection of embroideries and bed hangings were gorgeous. The top floor is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

'Philanthropy' is a Greek word which we use to mean benevolence, or altruism. Its literal translation is 'love of mankind' or 'friend of mankind'. The gift of the Benaki museum to the Greek people is one of the best examples of such benevolence. The Benaki family made their money in the Greek cotton trade in Egypt, and its extensive collections... More 

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Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This museuem is trying to make a historical connection between different eras in greek history.Ancient greece,Macedonian and Roman times,East Roman empire,Ottoman empire and finally modern greek state.It has a few artifacts from all these eras but the connection it tries to make is absolute fail.It is totally different eras with the greeks been absent from the time of the East... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The earliest of Greek history thru the ages on three floors. This was a half day for us. Really a pleasure to be here. No crowds- no rush......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The Benaki has an amazing scope and puts its collections into context. In addition to the expected pottery and artifacts, you'll also find an extensive folk and domestic arts collection. We spent hours there and were entranced. A bonus is the lovely cafe terrace on the top floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece is not to be missed. The cultural and historical exhibits are beautiful. This museum got it right. The signage on each display is detailed, informative, and organized. There are 3 levels and a lovely rooftop restaurant. You can view the exhibits and have lunch in less than 3 hours. It is centrally located in... More 

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Staying in Kolonaki / Lykavittos

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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.