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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
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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Visit, even if only for the rooftop cafe!

The museum itself is quite good but by the time I visited I was feeling a bit museum'd out to be honest! The rooftop cafe is wonderful and it is open to everyone - whether you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is quite good but by the time I visited I was feeling a bit museum'd out to be honest! The rooftop cafe is wonderful and it is open to everyone - whether you intend to look around the museum or not. We visited a couple of times during our trip to Athens as we found the atmosphere... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is an excellent museum which has a wide variety of Greek artifacts. A real bonus is that it is free on Thursdays, The restaurant on the top floor is very nice. The food is good and the view is pleasant.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

take th time for a late, late night visit to this museum on a thursday. it is open until id-night and the entrance fee is waived. there is an excellent collection of art to take you from the very early days of greece to the ww1 era. end your evening with a coffee and dessert on the roof-top cafe.

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Mold, Flintshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

There is so much to see in this museum. The folk costumes are stunning and make sure you see the reconstructed room settings upstairs. A restaurant on the top floor is a great place for a meal or just a drink.

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We were disappointed. Some nice articles but a very small museum. Limited variety and heavy reliance on costumes.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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

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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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.