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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 #11 of 179 Attractions in Athens
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 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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Stirling, United Kingdom
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

In my view, this is as good as a museum gets! Athens history from ancient times to modern well laid out over 4 floors. Extremely well kept and full explanations available for all exhibits. Need to have a good 2-3 hours to do this justice. Once you have finished the tour of exhibits, teat yourself in the cafe. Good coffee... More

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east sussex
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best in Athens, four floors of Athens history from ancient times to recent history. the costumes and room layouts on the upper floors are a revelation, a must visit in Athens

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Munich, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We visited museum Benaki because it was organized an exhibition for famous painter El Greco. El Greco was been famous when left Greece and removed in Italy and Spain. This exhibition comprised important archival material from Toledo and Madrid. There were many Greek people when we arrived there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you have budgeted more than a day or two for Athens, this is a must. Athens has a much greater history than its ancient days and it's brought to life here

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New Britain, Connecticut
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16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Disappointing stop, I visited on recommendation of guide book. The permanent collection was OK. As a fan of El Greco I jumped at the opportunity to see their special exhibition, 5 euros later I was in one small room with a handful of color copy reproductions! Boo to you Benaki Museum for ripping me off.

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Jacksonville, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This review is for the main Benaki Museum in Kolonaki, not the Benaki Contemperary art museum on Pireaus street. The museum is very comprehensive and includes art from periods of greek history that may not be as well represented in other museums in Athens. I enjoyed the exhibits of clothing worn in different periods.

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Athens, Greece
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Rich and famous this museum presents the evolution of greek folk culture until recently. ALSO there is an EXCELLENT CAFE RESTAURANT on the top floor with view and a wonderfull gift shop at the entrance!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We recently visited Athens and had read that the Benaki Museum was not to be missed....well....it was much more than what we had expected. It is located in a beautiful avenue next to several embassies. The museum is in a beautiful mansion and it has a large collection of artifacts dating as far back as 5000 bc! It also has... More

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Free admission on Thursdays. There are many rooms of very interesting items. We didn't have much time to look around as were on our way up to Lycabettus Hill.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Learn the history of Greece thru the modern century, see great works of art all showcased in a very nice mansion that is very well kept, clean, and centrally located across the large city park. The best part? It's free on thursdays!

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