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“wealth” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum
1, Koumbari St & Vas. Sofias Av., Athens 106 74, Greece
30 210 367 1000
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$75*
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Ranked #10 of 178 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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“wealth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

this museum has an amazing collection of gold jewelry. Nice place. The top floor has sort of craft and daily life exhibits which is also worthwhile. Shop isn't that great...

Visited December 2012
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“Excellent all around Greek History Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This museum has a little bit of everything so if you only have limited time this may be the perfect choice for you. Plus they are open late on Thursdays (till Midnight). Plus their cafe serves good food and has an amazing view.

Visited November 2012
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“wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I had time to walk around and look at the exhibits and just enjoy it. This is a great place to go to in winter and well worth a visit time and time again.

Visited April 2012
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“Benaki Museum - a joy to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We visited both the Benaki Museum and the Benaki Annexe in November 2012. The main museum was a great experience as it displays costumes, 19th century paintings of Greece, Byzantine church icons and has a floor on the history of the Greek Uprising, including Byron's desk and other ephemera, as well as the archeological statuary and pottery. It is opposite the public gardens, Roman Baths and Zappio. Useful to get away from the traffic by walking through the gardens.

Visited November 2012
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“Don't judge a book by its cover!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Looking at this place from the outside, it reminds me of an older style block of small apartments. But don't let the appearance have any impact on you! I was amazed by the collection of history and beauty of all the artefacts collected and spread throughout the museum. It is a good 4 or so floors of collection after collection all in chronological order. Really helpful to learn more about Greece's history.

As I was walking though I was stunned and kept thinking 'surely there can't be any more'. But boy was I wrong! Collections range from old pottery, to ancient bibles, old rooms that have been placed back together, paintings and traditional Greek clothing - just to name a few. If you can only spend a bit of time in a museum, let this one be somewhere on your list. I highly recommend it!

Visited January 2012
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