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“A Jewel in the Crown that is Athens” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum
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Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum
Ranked #15 of 342 things to do in Athens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“A Jewel in the Crown that is Athens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Contained within one lovely neoclassical mansion is Greek art from prehistory to modern times. Floor by floor, visitors can see Mycenean pottery, classical sculpture, and (my favorite) Byzantine icons, leading on to domestic interiors from the Ottoman period, costumes, weaponry, farming tools, and paintings, all of which are topped with a delightful roof terrace cafe and restaurant. You can visit the Archeological Museum, of course, and spend a day doing so. The Benaki is like that, too, but gentler, more serene, and somehow uplifting. I took one friend there last year who was not a great museum goer nor art lover, and upon leaving he said, You know, this is the first museum I have ever been to where I have found so many things I'd like to take home with me. A high compliment indeed.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting museum, well spotted.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Excellent view, the items exhibited, were shown in the right order. Someone should visit also the terrace restaurant with the delicious food and the amazing view,like being in an island in the middle of a capital city.

Visited October 2012
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Patras, Greece
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Very good display. very rich exhibition of treasures of more recent times. Very good guidance. Interesting colledtions of art of later times

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“Benaki Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Benaki Museum is eclectic, but full of treasures, including pottery dating back to 2600 B.C. The explanations are educational and in both English and Greek. The cafe offers very good food. The video exhibition on forced immigration offers substantial food for thought.

Visited October 2012
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“You won't believe this was someone's house!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This museum was like an Alladin's cave of treasures. A wide collection of artefacts from different periods and styles of art.
A beautiful collection, in a beautiful building, not far from Parliament Sq, a little tucked away but a great place to see if you can.

Visited October 2012
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