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Benaki Museum

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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Address: 1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: 30 210 367 1000
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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 gem museum in the middle of Athens

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Arthur G
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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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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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Athens, Greece
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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 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful experience. take all day to inhale it. this is a treasure to be experienced. I especially liked the costumes representing the different areas of Greece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To visit really beautiful not all but some fantastic piece and also nice to see a private museum 😍😍 You can do at the same time the Goulandris museum just next the visit of both really great 😀😀😀

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Benaki Museum is very Greek. I loved it, others in my party are accustomed to being entertained in museums so that is why I am saying the Benaki is 'old -fashioned'. You walk through a complete history of Greece from ancient times to the Ottoman empire but it would have been better if we had known more about Greek... More 

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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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