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.
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