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Benaki Museum

1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
+30 21 0367 1000
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
+30 21 0367 1000
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Reviewed October 21, 2014

Perfect if you have only have a short amount of time and you want to see a delightful museum in less than an hour. It was nicely laid out and had interesting artifacts and history, with no long lines and no crowds - which made...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed October 20, 2014

Photography is definitely allowed, with reservations on flash. The quality of the artefacts is superb; the chronology is correct starting from Neolithic Greece, working through Geometric, Cycladian, Roman, Byzantine frescos, all the way to the Greek war of independence. The Highlight of the museum to...More

Thank Raya A
Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Benaki Museum is one of those 'oft overlooked treasures of the world. In a former private residence, it is home to the finest collection of Greek art and history in the country. This should be a must see early in anyone's Greek adventure. The...More

Thank Joan R
Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum is the favourite choice of most Athenian insiders. Its in swany Kolonaki, the upscale diplomatic area (see French Embassy right next door with armed guards). This is a sort of private collection with three floors of superbly well-chosen items from a cross-section of...More

Thank zebecToronto
Reviewed October 12, 2014

Must see if you are an art lover ! Just walk down from syntagma, and there it is. Very lovely paintings , old greek traditions , and a great collection.

Thank simran l
Reviewed October 9, 2014

Perfectly organised, lovely restaurant at the top, with a terrace, where you can enjoy the view while having a bite to eat. You can start from the bottom and make your way up thus going through the exhibits in chronological order which gives you a...More

Thank Marina G
Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Benaki is the museum you recommend to people who only have a couple of days to spend in Athens. Large, gracious spaces, a collection that ranges from the Neolithic to WW1, this is the extraordinary collection of just one man. And it gives you...More

Thank AMC900
Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a great small museum especially giving a real insight into Greece through the ages. It's just the right size if you don't have the energy for the larger museums. I don't think €7 is expensive and if you go on a Thursday as...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2014

Few museums can claim to use space so judiciously. The collection begins with antiquity and moves through the culture and accomplishments of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods and into the present. Presentation of icons, native costumes, jewelry, and artistry impress viewers with the spectacle of...More

Thank aphrab
Reviewed September 27, 2014

The last time we went to Athens, we just hopped a train in from the cruise ship and ended up about 4 blocks from the Benaki Museum. We tried other places but as luck would have it the Benaki was open on the day we...More

Thank Mithra
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
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Response from mike c | Reviewed this property |
There is an express bus from Glyfada to the city centre. Get of near syntagma and walk. I can't remember the bus number , I think it is x23 but there is only one express bus so a local will be able to tell you. Do not take... More