Benaki Museum - Museum of Greek Culture

Benaki Museum - Museum of Greek Culture

Benaki Museum - Museum of Greek Culture
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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from $13.39
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The area
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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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  • Josie A
    6 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    We visited this museum which is located minutes away from the city's Parliament and central square. The exhibits are beautifully designed and provide an interesting overview of the development of Greek culture. We ate lunch at the Museum's restaurant which we really enjoyed ... delicious food; great atmosphere; good service. The museum offers a discount for senior citizens ... make sure you bring your passport to prove your age!
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 11, 2022
  • CasperSt_Paul
    12 contributions
    Great museum, staff attitude
    Very good exhibits on a variety of subjects. Only criticism is that much of the explanatory graphics in English were very small print & often dimly lit. Another issue was the extremely unhelpful attitude of the staff at the ticket entry. As a result, we didn't know that a interesting looking top-floor exhibit on Greek Independence required a separate admission. We had to go back down & then were told we couldn't get combo price. Grrrrr
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom278 contributions
    Best museum in Athens
    We felt this was the best museum we visited in Athens, even better than the national archeological museum and the acropolis museum. The best thing about it is the breadth of history it covers - from Neolithic age right up to modern Greek history. With a couple of rooms dedicated to each time period, you get a good flavour of each without getting bored. On the day we visited there was a great temporary photo exhibit covering the wars and politics in Greece in the early 20th century. However the third floor was closed for renovation. You can spend one to two hours here.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Procaccia
    Ness Ziona, Israel391 contributions
    A pleasant museum with a very rich collection
    This is a lovely museum that is not too big, full of interesting and high quality antiquities, art and folklore. Very strong is the section of icons, a pleasure to behold. Starting with late byzantine 14th century and ending three-four centuries later, the icon collection is one of the best to be seen anywhere in the world. The Greek antiquities are also good, but the National museum has more. The Greek folk dresses, textiles and utensils is also rich and worthwhile for those who are interested in this, On the whole, highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • advisorj
    392 contributions
    Small Museum covering a lot of History
    Museum has an interesting collection covering all areas of Athens history from prehistoric to modern. Well worth a visit and not too busy on a Monday. Cafe is on the top level and has a great turkey sandwich.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Joan C
    Reserve, New Mexico874 contributions
    Gigantic Fascinating Collection
    If you have any interest at all in any aspect of Greek culture, go here. The collection is housed in the Benaki mansion, which is a thing to see in and of itself. The collection includes neolithic objects, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, costumes, textiles, farm implements, icons, and several reconstructed entire rooms. I spent four hours here and skimmed about half of it simply from being overwhelmed. Highly recommend!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 9, 2023
  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,738 contributions
    Great small museum in Athens!
    We’ve been to quite a few museums in Athens. This is one of the best. It’s small and intimate with a wonderful collection of Greek art, from ancient times almost to modern times. All the exhibits had clear descriptions in Greek and English. It’s a short walk from Syntagma.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • screennamenotallowed
    Berlin, Germany28 contributions
    Interesting objects, unfriendly staff
    Overview of Greek history and culture in a sophisticated villa in the embassy district. The exhibition is well structured and not too overloaded. If you want, you can find out more about the exhibits with the audio guide, but you can also get a lot of information without it. Unfortunately, the staff is not very helpful and rather arrogant, which detracts from the impression. Free admission on Thursdays from 6pm (open until 11:30pm).
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
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permia
Ireland40,639 contributions
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, Italy14 contributions
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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Luisa Bettina V
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia73 contributions
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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classic1903
Ventura County Coast, CA168 contributions
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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332JaneM
Stamford, UK70 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The museum itself seemed very interesting but our visit was cut short by awful staff. The doorman and lady selling tickets were very friendly but the rest of the staff located around the museum were rude and treated us terribly. I had a bad back and was sitting on one of the chairs available and a member of staff who had been following us around just stood watching me and my 20 yr old son and girlfriend who continued to look around the room. When we moved rooms we were followed like criminals, and this continued throughout, other people were not treated the same. In the end I asked one of the curators why they were following us and he pretended not to understand. I told him he was making me feel very uncomfortable and asked why he was following us and not other people, he said he was not a stalker but gave no other explanation. Meanwhile my husband who was in another room was also followed and randomly and very rudely asked for his ticket, again, no one else was being asked.
Written April 7, 2022
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Eliezer R
New York City, NY17 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Ticket staff very friendly. The guards are another story, over zealous, rude and racist. I visited the museum with my partner. He went up the stairs to view second floor gallery. I took the elevator and got off on third floor along with a french couple as i went from 3rd floor to second floor I went to meet my partner, the French couple(white) were in front of me they went into gallery no questions asked as i came thru the female guard demanded my ticket I told here i bought a ticket. My partner was inside gallery and he had to come over and showed her tickets. She looked a tickets as if they were fake. She gives backs tickets in a dismissive way. I was enjoying the lovely museum but she soared the experience. I left as I no longer wanted to continue with the gallery.
Written October 16, 2022
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TheKidsMum2014
Rome, Italy88 contributions
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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w x y
Lancaster, PA69 contributions
Apr 2022
While enjoying the exhibitions, an overzealous guard spoiled my visit by shrinking at me for no apparent reason, and then following me around, giving me unnecessary and unasked for directions on where to go in the museum in an aggressive tone of voice. Her tone was completely unacceptable. Then, on buying an item in the gift shop, the shopkeeper raised her voice when she could not properly explain their credit card system. The personnel management of this museum needs to better train and discipline the staff.
Written August 14, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,355 contributions
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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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,313 contributions
Jul 2022
A well laid out museum with an eclectic mix of items.
As the title indicates we were amazed by some of the jewellery, how did craftsmen over 2000 years ago produce these items. Some of the signet rings alone look like something you would see in a modern jewellery shop window. Jewellery making doesn’t appear to have moved on that significantly!

We really enjoyed the diversity of this museum and although the Greek costumes didn’t really grab our intention we could still appreciate how worthwhile these were as part of Greek history. Some of the recreations of Greek homes, however, did spark an interest if for nothing else than a real appreciation of the craftsmanship involved.

It was also very apparent when walking around when you stepped from the BC period to the AD period.
We really enjoyed this museum.
Written July 17, 2022
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