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Benaki Museum

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Address: 1 Koubari, 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
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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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A museum with something for everybody!

This a very well done, very eclectic museum that was the personal collection of an old Greek shipping family, displayed, I believe in their former residence. It has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This a very well done, very eclectic museum that was the personal collection of an old Greek shipping family, displayed, I believe in their former residence. It has been thoroughly remodeled to become a museum and very well done in that regard. The first floor of the collection are items from the ancient world from a few Cycladic (Paleolithic and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Over four floors this is a great museum to visit to complement over more popular attractions. It was just a couple of streets away from us so visited it over 3 days - doing a floor a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to see, ground floor is great but do go upstairs and particulary the Macedonian Rooms as they were. Restaurant is good. Specially for recovery and start again

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to see this museum late at night, what a good idea for museums to open in the evening. The roof restaurant was very busy and has lovely views. The collection is exquisite but I guess I enjoyed the costumes most.

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Roma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful! You may visit and know all the history of Greece in just one location...you can visit the permanent exposition for free nad, if interested in, pay a diffferent ticket for the exposition being held.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice displays, some great historical artefacts and unique pieces - I've never seen an entire room collected before but this place had 3. The cafe on the second floor is very nice too, and not unreasonable.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A private collection donated by the Benaki family. 3 floors of awe inspiring artifacts, sculptures, jewellery and statues. Very convenient for a visit from Syntagma Square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely museum great for history buffs who want to see interesting exhibits. It showcases a lot of varying aspects of Athenian history and is a good contrast to the archeological sites that stems through Athens.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the privilege to be there last night on a private visit of the Ghika Gallery in Krieziotou str. near Syntagma Square. It was a revelation I I did not know of the existence of this branch of the museum. It houses pieces of all kinds of arts associated with Greek artists in the twentieth century. Paintings, sculptures, manuscripts,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the places you must visit in Athens. A great collection inside a historical building. The cafe offers one of the most astonishing views and the food is excellent. Make sure you have pre-booked a table for the dinner.

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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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