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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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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 good introduction and overview of greek history and culture

The Benaki museum has a manageable collection that can be seen in an hour at a steady pace, but deserves more time if you can spare it. They have everything from ancient... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Benaki museum has a manageable collection that can be seen in an hour at a steady pace, but deserves more time if you can spare it. They have everything from ancient treasures (4-5000 year old) to regional costumes to modern art. It is a very diverse and wide-spread collection. We particularly liked the regional costumes. Another highlight were the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Described in the guidebooks as "outstanding". Well I daresay it is if you like that sort of thing. It's a collection of art and artefacts from ancient times to the 20th century, mainly from Greece, but also the Byzantine Empire, Asia Minor etc. Nothing really stood out for me, except perhaps some early stone carvings where the deceased is seated,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our tour through the Benaki Museum. It's a treasure, really, as people have taken care to donate so many important pieces highlighting the many parts of Greek history. The location is lovely. We also had coffee and snack at the Museum on the balcony and it was extremely pleasant and tasty. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very well looked after museum. Amazing exhibitions dedicated to the Byzantine era, Ottoman Occupation and the Revolution of 1821. A must visit for all those who are interested in the diachronic history of Greece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Benaki Museum is such a lovely museum to visit. It is housed in the beautiful mansion of the Benakis family and it mainly has a wonderful collection of exhibits depicting the history of Greece from pre historic times to today. There is alot of beauty and history housed in a relatively small museum and this is what I like. One... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is free on a Thursday and so well worth a visit. The information is in English and Greek. There is a huge amount of artifacts so a visit will take you roughly 2-3 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In centre Athens and walking distance from Syntagma square,the Benaki Museum offers exceptional content covering the Greek culture .A boutique where you may shop from a selection of original copies of art and paintings at the lobby level and a roof top café with breath-taking views of Athina where you can have a nice break . recommended A+++

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center place of the Abenaki Museum it aims to present the historical and cultural development of Hellenism within its geographical and evolutionary context from prehistoric to present. The priceless collections housed in this building depict masterpiece from Neolithic age, the antiquity and the Roman Era to the Byzantium age. It must be go...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

benaki museum is a historic & folklore museum stated in a beautiful building close to Kolobaki an elegant and trendy neighborhood.The exhibition is only 2 floors with a beautiful terrace for coffee and lunch viewing of the Acropolis and the National garden located directly behind the Greek Parliament. Except the permanent exhibition there is also a room for private collections... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Benaki Museum provides an outstanding overview of Greek culture and history going back thousands of years. The displays are also written in English. We spent about 3 hours and could have spent even more time. We had the museum to ourselves. The cafe on the top floor has great views of Athens.

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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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