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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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Free entry on a Thursday

Interesting museum with exhibits from early history to modern day. Many exhibits were replicas of the originals in the national archeological museum Very interesting and... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Clare M
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Interesting museum with exhibits from early history to modern day. Many exhibits were replicas of the originals in the national archeological museum Very interesting and enjoyable visit

Thank Clare M
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We had decided not to visit here, but changed our minds as it was raining. Very glad we did so. The museum gives a much wider view of Greek art and culture from 3000 BC to mid- 19th century. Ancient treasures, costumes through the ages, re-created rooms, stunning displays of jewellery. Very well laid out, and a popular coffee shop... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This museum displays a impressive collection of history from many different eras. I especially found the Byzantine section interesting, and it was refreshing to see other parts from Greek history (than only ancient times) represented. Every section of the museum was numbered, so it was very easy to navigate chronologically through the collections. Definitely worth a visit!

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Kavala, Greece
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

The museum exhibits to the public more than three thousand years of Greek history, from prehistoric and classical years to modern history. The ambience is aristocratic, the show is interesting and the restaurant is nice. What else do you want?

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Best place to get some knowledge about the history and culture of Greece. It is good to know, that opening hours on Thursdays and Saturdays are 9:00 - 00:00! You need more than half of day to explore it thoroughly.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

this pivate museum houses an amazing collection. while the first floor is dedicated to the Cycladic and early Greek period with some really fantastic pieces on display, the upper floors turn it more into a ethnographic museum with traditional clothing etc. All together a great visit on a rainy or very hot day, and worth it on any other day... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

While other sites concentrate on early Greek and Roman remains, the Benaki takes you on a voyage through Greek History almost up to the present day. For visitors this is a truly fascinating insight into the influences on modern Greece.

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

This wasn't really easy to find because there isn't a huge name on the building. The collection contains some of the most beautiful gold jewelry, and they sell pricey replicas in the museum shop. It's a different view of Greek culture, history, and art than you'll see at the Acropolis Museum. The two collections complement each other.

Thank Dorothy S
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Do not miss this spectacular museum in a wonderful building. The range of art and jewelry is amazing and covers many centuries of European history over the three floors of exhibits. There is a very pleasant rooftop cafe on the top floor where you can take a break from the feast of exhibits in the museum. There are lifts for... More 

Thank Richard654
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

An extremely good museum to visit with a recommended roof top cafe. The exhibits were all interesting and varied. We very much enjoyed our time there. The museum is free on Thursdays.

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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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