Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is situated in a Neo-Classical building complex in the Kerameikos neighbourhood. It is the only museum of its kind in Greece, featuring a unique collection of world-renowned artifacts, one of the top-ten collections worldwide. The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion. During the preservation works of the building, a section of the ancient city wall of Athens was uncovered at the basement level; it is now accessible to visitors. More information at http://bit.ly/2YPAtwg
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Neighborhood: Psirri / Gazi
Side-by-side neighborhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
How to get there
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 8 min walk
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MaayanLior
Tel Aviv, Israel643 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Rude staff, made our experience poor.
We left the exhibition early than we expected and we decided to go instead to hellenic car museum.
Go directly to hellenic car museum and skip the art museum you’ll enjoy the car museum much more, guaranteed.
Written March 1, 2020
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Susan D
connecticut809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We loved this museum which is a little off the beaten path. It was an oppressively hot day and it was nice to be inside this cool oasis. There were only 2 other visitors when we were there on early afternoon on a Friday. If you like islamic ceramics such as from Iran, this place is for you. Beautiful!!!
Written July 27, 2021
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w x y
Lancaster, PA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I was a bit surprised to find an Islamic art museum in Athens, given Greece's history with the Ottomans. The collection is small, but many of the pieces are excellent. The exhibition is well document with useful explanation of the time periods covered. Definitely worth an hour or so of your time.
Written August 14, 2022
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Ziellona
89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Benaki Islamic has absolutely amazing exhibition. As in. All museums of this family, there are lot of amazing things with very little description.
Means that beauty of the exhibition is. Absolutely amazed, but we don't know what we are looking for. Descriptions are in 2 languages, but little letters and low located don't help us.
In my humble opinion the benaki Islamic is absolutely worth to visit
Written May 27, 2022
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GibbonArms
England48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
The exhibits look great from the pictures, but was disappointed to find museum is closed on Mon/Tue/Wed. Hope this helps no-one else make the mistake I made.
Written June 12, 2014
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Nick V
Athens, Greece70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
The museum is situated near Kerameikos. The collection includes many artifacts about islam - vases, wooden doors, carpets, mosaic, etc. It has big maps that help you understand the islamic history of the middle east and eastern europe. It is not very big, so you can see it in 1 hour. You can buy books and artifacts at the door.
Written October 18, 2013
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heddyNYC
new york74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
This small, quiet museum has a terrific collection of art -- from luster ceramics to illustrated Korans.
Written August 26, 2018
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
The Benaki Museum’s new annexe houses Antonis Benaki’s collection of Islamic art, spanning the 7th to the 19th centuries.

The Museum holds over 10.000 objects, of which about 1.500 are displayed at any one time.

The Islamic love of sumptuous materials and rich decoration is apparent in the collections’ elaborately patterned ceramics, intricate metal work, ornate woodcarvings, delicate glassware, textiles, gold jewelry, tombstones, illuminated manuscripts, astronomical instruments, arms and armour, an even a lavish marble floor from a 17th-century mansion in Cairo.

Located in the Keramikos district in a neoclassical house donated by Lambros Eftaxias, the exhibits are organized chronologically over four floors, and include works from Babylonia to Egypt.

The Benaki is one of the most significant collections of Islamic art in Europe, and offers an insightful journey through the fascinating culture of the Muslim world.
Written April 5, 2016
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PhoenixHammer
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Despite it's central location near Kerameikos, few tourists get to this incredible museum. The museum boasts a fascinating and expertly presented collection of art from throughout much of the Islamic world (South Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe). There is an archaeological site in the basement which consists of part of the ancient city wall, and a well-curated book shop. One thing I wish I could have seen was more material from Greece itself. I counted just one artifact that originated in Ottoman Greece (a rifle), and would have loved to learn more about Islam in Greece during that time period.
Written February 13, 2016
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yannoma
Munich, Germany265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
Very nice Museum with a beautiful collection of islamic Art, nicely also organized going up in every lecel to see the expansion of Arabic World over the centuries, sth else to see and also part of the history of Greece.
ps. I my self a jeweller realy amazed by the Iranian Emaille jewellery .
Written December 2, 2014
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $9.92, while a popular guided tour starts around $87.06 per person.


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