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Benaki Museum

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Address: 1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number: +30 21 0367 1000
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Sun 09:00 - 03:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents the...

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 house is AMAZING

Went to this university for a field trip and the house that it is contained in is fantastic. Like the Cycladic art museum this museum has a different area per level and the rooms... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to this university for a field trip and the house that it is contained in is fantastic. Like the Cycladic art museum this museum has a different area per level and the rooms are easy to move about in. Photos are allowed and there is free wifi. Only downside was that there was large school groups going through when... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well laid out and labelled but not very good at putting things into context as opposed to being a collection of items. The ancient gold jewellery was fascinating - the skills of the craftsmen all these centuries ago was amazing.

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Secunderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small museum and amazing private collection of priceless antiques. A must visit place. It takes about 1 hour and has a very decent roof top restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of the most famous museums in Athens. It gives a good taste of the entire history of the Greece. Particularly nice is the Byzantine section.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a must see in athens on museum row.it is free on a thursday but any admission charge would be worth it as i just got lucky

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Private collection of Benakis covers all periods of Athens in particular and Greek from ancient times to present day. I wish we had had more time as it is really fantastic. It must be stressed that it is a traditional museum with everything in cases and no interactive stuff so not for kids. Delightful cafe on 2nd floor with amazing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite a museum and it has a lovely terrace (indoor and outdoor) cafe where you get yet another amazing view of Athens. The museum is worth 3-4 hours of exploring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent collection of jewellery, folk costumes, art and many more items. Very comfortable to go around. On Thursdays free and open til midnight! We spent at least 3 hours there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to the Benaki through the the main gardens and while it is a little hard to find the entrance, this is a very high quality bite-sized museum and a good introduction to some of the larger museums in Athens. We liked the old style format with rooms chronologically and thematically arranged as I found by comparison, the Acropolis... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This mansion holds probably the world’s best collection of Greek folk art and costumes. If you are interested in folk costumes as I am, this is a must-visit place. The collector has amassed about 40-45 examples of Greek costumes, mostly wedding or special occasion clothing, so they are so spectacular with embroidery and lace. For people who like fabric, design,... More 

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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 reaches of Kolonaki transition into Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in central Athens. Climb the paths through its wooded slopes to the tiny chapel at the top, from where you are rewarded with stunning views across the Acropolis to the sea and even the mountains of the Peloponnese on a clear day. The wooden amphitheater up here hosts regular concerts during the summer.
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