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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 2 days ago

As with many museums in and around Athens, this is a must place to visit. Many artefacts, furniture and costumes on display. You won't leave disappointed.

1  Thank Aragorn3149
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Many years since I first visited the Benaki and it's been spruced up a treat. A really lovely museum in the centre of Athens with some very interesting cultural displays. Although only fairly small compared to many museums, I actually went twice this trip because...More

1  Thank Seitch
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must when touring museums in Greece. A GEM that is a must to see. The topic range covers everything from the archaic to modern Greece and some Byzantium.

1  Thank Ultimategreek
Reviewed 1 week ago

If not for the burial process, much of the evidence of ancient life would be lost. Fortunately, in burying their dead, ancient civilizations preserved their history.

1  Thank mrmgrybrd
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the Benaki museum several times over the past 20+ years and it never disappoints. Recent show of the life long friendship of the artists Ghika and Craxton and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor was amazing. Always learn new things about Greece and...More

1  Thank VVThanx
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a treasure torve, especially of Byzantine artefacts, giving insights into a major period of HGreek civilisationall too easil overlooked.

Thank Mikeandga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open from 9am. The path of chronological order is very clear and it was easy to understand the progress of Greece throughout the years. All the exhibits have information in both Greek and English. I felt like the explanations were located too low, and I...More

Thank Nir G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the restaurant yesterday with friends visiting from States. They wanted to try greek classics so proposed stuffed tomatoes and Kasiotika dolmadakia. Stuffed tomatoes reminded nothing of what they should have been and were a couple days old. Dolmadakia were not fresh and extremely salty....More

Thank vagos21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A collection of artefacts which spans the totality of Greek history housed in a beautiful mansion. A great place to visit and see more than ancient antiquities.

Thank gee_bal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wandered into the Benaki half expecting it to be a rather sad arrangement of Greek artefacts, but this museum is the best kept secret in Athens, and as good as the Soane in London or the Pollock in Glasgow. It is bright and airy,...More

2  Thank steviecee
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
By far the ritziest neighbourhood 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