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Benaki Museum

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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Address: 1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number:
+30 21 0367 1000
09:00 - 17:00
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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

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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Excellent second or third choice after the Acropolis museum

This is a beautiful well presented collection. Don't miss this Museum when in Athens. Thank you for the foresight Benaki

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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful well presented collection. Don't miss this Museum when in Athens. Thank you for the foresight Benaki

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum in Athens city it is a very good place near the center of Athens with a big gallery of Greek history.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most elegant museums in athens! It's very well maintained and it offers you the greatest choice of visual heritage!! There are four of them in athens and everyone offers a superb shop where you can find best objects and gifts to buy for your beloved ones!!

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very well organized museum. You start with the paleolitic history of Greece and you end in the 19th century. A very good visit if you are interested in history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see in Athens, iconic museum close to the Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament. Quite expensive, 9 Euros even though in Tourist Information list the published normal fee is 7 Euros. Exhibitions are a little bit repetitive, a lot of ancient pottery and jewelry. Nevertheless it worth a visit. You will find for sure, if you are interested... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Benaki Museum may be a cultural icon and key to understanding Greek history but it also has a really cool restaurant and cafe with a great view of the Athenian skyline. A must.

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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice museum but a bit expensive. Personnel should be also more friendly. For the rest museum and exhibitions was nice to see during the raining day

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum gives a good and interesting information of different periods and aspects of Greek history. You can find things like jewelry, costumes and many other subjects there.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what a great museum. If you want to visit it make sure you have plenty of time. The museum is in a great building near syntagma square were it can fool you and think that it is small but it is not. Must visit if you are in Athens. The site is very explanatory if you are interested.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the museum and I visit it every time I am in Athens. I love mostly the collections of costumes. this time I visited only the part about libraries and their equipment. the ticket of 7Euros per person was very expensive depending of the exibition.

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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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