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Benaki Museum

Address: 1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: 30 210 367 1000
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Ranked #29 of 309 things to do in Athens
Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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
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.
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Pahoa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very eclectic collection and gives a real insight into the past of Greece,Egypt And Turkey! As for the cafe nice view great coffee. Staff try to give a ripped five Euro to me as change. Ripped Euro have to be taking to the bank to be replaced. Don't ever take a ripped euro!

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New York City, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This museum has lots of items representing traditional folklore. I think anyone interested in the history of cultural Greece this is a must see.

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England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I loved allot about this museum, I really enjoyed to see the traditional clothes and farming tools, then there are strange very thought provoking "things" that turn up at some of the displays, will not say, you just have to visit yourself! go!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A very famous museum in Athens, which we were so looking forward to visiting, turned out to be a big disappointing surprise. First of all, it's very pretentious – its design, the attitude of the staff and the entire atmosphere it creates. Having said that, the permanent collection is lovely (yet not extraordinary) and includes statues, paintings, busts, archeological artifacts... More 

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Marseille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

the first and teh last floor were worderfull. The fisrt for the historical presentation: from mineaecan period to the bysantium one. the last for the view from the terrace, even if it was noisy. I wonder about the restaurant. it would have been nice to have had dinner there...

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bough beech
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The top floor covers Greek history and gives a really good overview of their last 2,000 years of occupation by the Macedonians, then Romans and finally the Turks . Religion , clothing and artefacts spanning over 5000 years are spread throughout the other floors and helped explain much of what we had already seen. I wish we had known there... More 

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West Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This beautiful museum is not to be missed! Their collection is great and we especially enjoyed the costumes and textiles. The roof café had delicious food and a fabulous view! In addition to the Acropolis and National Museum, I would put this one on your list for certain!

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This museum is a MUST when visiting Athens. I feel that because of its small size, and other great museums such as the Acropolis Museum and the Archeological Museum being in Athens that this one gets overlooked, but it should not be. An amazing collection from all over the world, and so many different time periods. As an art history... More 

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Palermo, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Not my favourite museum in Athens. Nice and interesting, but I would have expected a better collection of paintings!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The restaurant at the BENAKI is open every day for lunch until 4 PM and evenings on Thursday and Saturday The Lavraki is excellent and so is the desert and esspresso. Be ready to have dinner a little later, as the portions are small

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