Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum, Athens: Hours, Address, Benaki Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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The Benaki Museum is among the most extensive and innovative cultural organizations in Europa. Diverse cultures from all historical periods and geographical areas meet contemporary art across a network of venues all over Athens – and beyond. The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture presents the history and art of the Greek world from prehistory to the 20th century, through 6.000 objects arranged over four floors. Antonis Benakis (1873-1954) was a passionate art collector. He belonged to a cosmopolitan circle of connoisseurs and intellectuals in Alexandria, Egypt. Following his return to Athens and the death of his benefactor father Emmanuel, Antonis bequeathed to Greece his collections and parental home, which opened in April 1931 as the Benaki Museum. After a comprehensive refurbishment, the building reopened on 7 June 2000 as the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture while the remaining diverse collections have since been housed in new buildings (see Benaki Museum of Islamic Art).
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from $14.21
All you need to step foot in the door.
The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 6 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 6 min walk
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Diogo M
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A place to go in Athens
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wonderfull museum, with an organized and very diverse exhibition. On Thursday's noon, it's free. It's an amazing site to get a deeper knowledge of Greek History and ethnicity. Amazing collections of textiles and folk costumes, which I deeply recommend to Fashion Design and Textile students and researchers. Plus, the staff is very sympathetic, which in my experience is not so common in many museums and sites in Greece. Worth a visit.
Written October 14, 2021
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Tonia S
28 contributions
A must-visit
Aug 2021
A must-visit in Athens. There was so much to see ranging from ancient exhibits to art from more modern times, set out chronologically. Fantastic reconstruction of rooms and lots of costumes. Thursday nights open until 11:30 PM and admission is free after 6 PM. A real gem.
Written August 22, 2021
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classic1903
Ventura County Coast, CA127 contributions
Excellent Folk Art Museum in a Magnificent Mansion
Aug 2021
Great museum to visit in Athens. Wonderful Greek folk art displays, from antiquities to 19th century clothing, to room decor. Beautiful mansion in a great part of the city. We also really enjoyed our dinner al fresco on the museum's upstairs patio restaurant. Thursday night they were open until 11:30 PM and the museum was free after 6 PM. A real gem.
Written August 20, 2021
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Luisa Bettina V
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia63 contributions
Very interesting side of Greek History.
Jul 2021
It is an interesting place to go. If you want to dedicate time to see all the interesting objects, jewelry, and dresses they have. Also, there are incredible paintings, so you really need at least three hours if you want to see everything in detail.
Written August 7, 2021
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santonez
connecticut729 contributions
Museum worth your time while in Athens
Jul 2021
Museum is a short walk beyond Parliament near National Garden. Very nicely laid out and many ceramic items if that interests you. Takes about 1.5 hours. The gift shop is high quality.
Written July 27, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,169 contributions
Full of Greek Treasures
Jul 2021
This remarkable museum, in Mr. Bernaki's impressive mansion, displays treasures from prehistoric times to the 19th Century, sort of a tour of Greek treasures. The Byzantine icons and the traditional costumes were most impressive. How have they been able to preserve the clothing through the centuries?
Written July 3, 2021
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TheKidsMum2014
Rome, Italy79 contributions
Selfie spots - something for everyone!
Jun 2021
This museum has a vast collection, and in my opinion offers some great material to look at. It is suitable for families, particularly the first floor which shows traditional clothing and whole rooms from differing historical times. As it is in chronological order, it makes it much easier for kids (and adults!) to follow the developments through time. There are selfie spots, and exhibits are well-labelled. There are 6 floors and you can use the stairs or elevators. There is a nice cafe at the top. We enjoyed our visit as it was very quiet, the staff were friendly and we could really enjoy the exhibits. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets for a couple of hours!
Written June 12, 2021
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,825 contributions
Stick with the permanent exhibit
Jun 2021 • Couples
Stick with the permanent exhibit. It's a really fascinating walk through history of art in the area. Bring your phone and headphones to scan QR codes that serve as the audio guide. The temporary exhibit really wasn't worth the money in our opinion. Also, they moved a lot of the pieces to their other building for another exhibit so they're missing from this museum currently. You'll see placeholders all over the place.
Written June 2, 2021
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permia
Ireland37,205 contributions
Fascinating vast reflection of Greek art in all its manifestations
Feb 2020
With a scope from antiquity to much on the War of Independence and into the last century, it’s an absorbing couple of hours immersion.

Pottery from ancient times include geometric amphora with black painted figures and patterns. Grave steles and reliefs from a couple of millennia ago are impressive. A Flag of Hydra has images that are a symbol of that island’s dominance in naval warfare.

Byzantine art is plentiful. A beautiful aged iconostasis with exquisite carvings was one of the highlights for us. Icons and other holy items are well worth perusing.

Coverage of the War of Independence is comprehensive. Numerous paintings portray the agony suffered, one such being Jean N. Mercier's Refugees from Missolonghi.

A couple of magnificent reception rooms from Macedonia have superlative gildings and wood carvings.

An exhibition comprising a Photographic History of Athens was quite interesting with many evocative black and white old photographs.
Written September 25, 2020
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Bella D
Milan, Italy8 contributions
Poor Coronavirus Measures
Aug 2020 • Friends
The building is beautiful and there is much to see, but we felt uncomfortable during our trip. Some of the museum staff were wearing masks which did not cover their noses, and some of them were not wearing masks at all. In other circumstances, we would have enjoying the museum but some of the staff marred the experience for us.
Written August 10, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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