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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 - 3:00 am
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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
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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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Treasure Trove!

We were expecting a rainy day in Athens so thought we'd check this place out - it didn't look much from the front (we'd walked right past the day before without even noticing it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Central Vic, Australia
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Central Vic, Australia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were expecting a rainy day in Athens so thought we'd check this place out - it didn't look much from the front (we'd walked right past the day before without even noticing it was there) but as the saying says, never judge something from its looks. This is an AMAZING museum that ju..st seems to continue on and on,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my 7th visit to Athens and only my first to the Benaki Museum which, having now been, is a travesty! This is a fantastic museum with bits & pieces from the earliest settlements in Greece through to more modern times. It has a much more diverse collection than other museums I've been to in Greece & there were... More 

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Thank Almostrussian
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this exquisite Museum during our stay in Athens. Hosted in a renovated elegant building in the heart of Athens, you will find a unique collection of antiquities from Ancient times to Byzantine era that reveals the history of Greece. As opposed to other types of Museums we have visited it felt like this was less touristic and more... More 

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Thank Shoko79
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Would highly recommend this museum! Has fascinating artifacts from various periods of Greek history, a seemingly massive collection. Looks like they are working on a World War 1 & 2 exhibit which would be an appropriate addition.

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Thank obrien775
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For an impressive and enlightening insight into the complete picture of Greek history from the Neolithic to Modern Day, do not miss Benaki. Wonderful café and superb gift shops as well.

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Thank antonysessions
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was delightfully surprised with this museum. The archeological finds were on first floor. Then the cultural artefacts were on other floors. The textiles, embroidered loca Costumes and house decorations were breathtaking. Dining area was good value for a meal too. I took advantage of the late opening on a Thursday night.

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Thank 312Margaret
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully laid out and filed with art from ancient to more recent historical times. A great deal to see and a restaurant with a good view of the City on one of the higher floors to stop for a break or lunch. A great place to spend a day immersed in other times and places.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A private collection in a lovely old house in Kolonaki - a lovely suburb with great shops and eating options. The museum is very interesting and it is definately worth going for a meal or just a drink in the great cafe. It is free on Thursdays!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Beautifully appointed, well maintained and containing enough history and artifacts to fill three museums, the Benaki is truly one of the gems to visit during a stop in Athens. I believe Wednesday is a free day where no entry fee is collected. Check to see when the free day is, although it is well worth the price of admission. You'll... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Good overview of Greek/Byzantine cultural history and artifacts. Has about 4 floors. Is well laid out. Free on Thursdays.

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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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