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Benaki Museum

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Address: 1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number:
+30 21 0367 1000
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9:00 am - 11:30 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
Description:

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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Lovely place

An extremely good museum to visit with a recommended roof top cafe. The exhibits were all interesting and varied. We very much enjoyed our time there. The museum is free on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An extremely good museum to visit with a recommended roof top cafe. The exhibits were all interesting and varied. We very much enjoyed our time there. The museum is free on Thursdays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I organised a dinner at the museum's restaurant, that literally impressed my colleagues from abroad! The restaurant is located at the top flour of the museum offering a stunning view to the city lights of Athens & the Acropolis. After the visual impression, the exceptional tastes of the Dipnosofistirio (Δειπνοσοφιστήριο) catering was a gastronomic experience that completed a successful social... More 

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Thank Marios Z
Athens, Greece
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My only complaint might be that there's almost too much to see - everything from ancient art to modern history. Wonderful displays of costumes and my favourites, the topographical paintings.

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Thank Francis B
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This great museum will take your breath away. It has 3 Floors collections also cafe and shop. It is very nice and considering museum they have chairs every Conner for you to sit down! A lot if ancient pottery and jewelry and clothes to see. The staffs also speak very well English and all collections have English introduction. 這是來到希臘雅典必須要參觀的一個博物館,裡面除了陶瓷工藝以外還有珠寶服裝音樂等等各項的早期希臘生活的藝術品,我博物館非常的貼心在每層樓都有放椅子,讓你逛累了可以坐下來休息一下!三層樓的博物館你至少要花上四五個小時慢慢的欣賞,而且在頂樓還有露天的咖啡廳,電影一杯希臘特有的冰咖啡法沛,讓你沉浸在希臘文化源遠博大的藝術生活當中!非常值得細細品味的博物館!大推

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!!! Must see 3 floors of wonderland....beautiful building great staff(speak English perfectly)really helpful,we spend the whole day at the museum with a wonderful lunch at the cafe on the 2nd floor. Entry was only €9 each.

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Thank Alki N
Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

This is a beautiful well presented collection. Don't miss this Museum when in Athens. Thank you for the foresight Benaki

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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

This museum in Athens city it is a very good place near the center of Athens with a big gallery of Greek history.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most elegant museums in athens! It's very well maintained and it offers you the greatest choice of visual heritage!! There are four of them in athens and everyone offers a superb shop where you can find best objects and gifts to buy for your beloved ones!!

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

A very well organized museum. You start with the paleolitic history of Greece and you end in the 19th century. A very good visit if you are interested in history.

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Thank OLYMV
Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

A must see in Athens, iconic museum close to the Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament. Quite expensive, 9 Euros even though in Tourist Information list the published normal fee is 7 Euros. Exhibitions are a little bit repetitive, a lot of ancient pottery and jewelry. Nevertheless it worth a visit. You will find for sure, if you are interested... 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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