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“The most interesting museum in Athens”
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Benaki Museum
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Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum
Ranked #15 of 349 things to do in Athens
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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.
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“The most interesting museum in Athens”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

It's my favourite, the one I always take foreigners to when they come. All in all, I've visited it maybe ten times in my life.
You'll find some archeological stuff here, but there's better in the Archeological museum. You don't come here for this. You come for the history of Greece from ancient times to the 19th century, through everyday and artistic objects: furniture, clothing, ceramics, embroideries, carpets (although the Islamic collection has been moved to the Islamic branch of the Benaki Museum, in the centre of the city). It even has two whole rooms moved here from Hepirus, with their carved wooden walls and ceilings. It is one of those places where you do want to read the plaques or to get someone to explain to you, because it takes a whole new life that way.
On the ground floor, there is a beautiful shop, but pricey. You will sigh in front of the replicas of the earrings in form of a ship in full sail. If you come to Athens, don't miss it.

Visited June 2012
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“Fabulous Museum”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Very interesting museum at the area near kolonaki. Various artifacts about greece such as ecclesiastical things, traditional uniforms etc. A very good museum i suppose!!!

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A Must See!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Benaki Museum is one of those perfect jewel-box museums: not overwhelming, but perfectly curated. I especially suggest going upstairs and looking through the textiles and decorative arts.

Visited April 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Carefully planned and well-presented”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

A multitude of interesting artefacts, curated and presented with an intelligent touch which turns the visit to the Benaki into a highly recommended experience. We found the lower floors which concentrate on the earlier hiostoric eras more interesting and would have spent more time there had we realized it from the start (our mistake!). The Benaki has a 50% discount with the "Spotlight Athens" card which we recieved at the airport, and the kids entered free anyways. Their gift shop has a fine selection too, albeit with little options on the low-budget side.

Visited April 2013
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Belgrade, Serbia
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“Amazing collection”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This museum is beautiful both from the outside and the inside. It's like an oasis in the middle of noisy and busy street. The collection is really versatile and rich, since it covers the large scope of time, from 5-6 millenium B.C. to the modern Greek history.
The part devoted to the Byzantine period, with the beautiful Orthodox icons of saints is especially touching.
It is a very educational visit and I would strongly recommend it to all of you interested and/or studying history, religion, history of art, archeology, art, etnography...

Visited April 2013
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