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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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1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
+30 21 0367 1000
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Reviewed 5 February 2015

This museum is a MUST when visiting Athens. I feel that because of its small size, and other great museums such as the Acropolis Museum and the Archeological Museum being in Athens that this one gets overlooked, but it should not be. An amazing collection...More

Thank Pookie R
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Not my favourite museum in Athens. Nice and interesting, but I would have expected a better collection of paintings!

Thank Davide G
Reviewed 3 February 2015

The restaurant at the BENAKI is open every day for lunch until 4 PM and evenings on Thursday and Saturday The Lavraki is excellent and so is the desert and esspresso. Be ready to have dinner a little later, as the portions are small

Reviewed 27 January 2015

This museum is one of the best curated museums I've ever visited. It is beautifully presented and if you are a museum buff this one is not to be missed. This is the sort of place you can easily spend 1 - 4 hours exploring...More

Thank wanderlust012
Reviewed 24 January 2015

Cited in the Parliament area of the city I thought the museum was only for show....more people in the restaurant than in the viewing galleries....

Thank venicefish
Reviewed 22 January 2015

Benaki is well worth a visit. Amazing museum filled with artifacts which were collected over many years and then donated, with the owners home, to the people of Greece. This is a very eclectic collection and gives a real insight into the past of Greece...More

1  Thank Linzi M
Reviewed 20 January 2015

Excellent exhibition of El Greco paintings. There were only a few real paintings (the rest were digital reprints) but lots of interesting history about his life, friends, family and career.

1  Thank Stephanos D
Reviewed 20 January 2015

In the Museum's neoclassical building,the collections that narrate the history of Hellenism over time are displayed in an enriched form.There is also a shop into the Museum complex.Strongly recommended to pay a visit.

1  Thank junior1907
Reviewed 8 January 2015

The Benaki museum is one of Athens nicest museums. It is rather small in comparison with the Acropolis Museum or other bigger museums. If someone visits Athens for a short time then maybe this museum could be skipped but if one has more time in...More

Thank Natalia B
Reviewed 5 January 2015

Taken so well through History through every floor. We went to the " El Greco" exhibition, but we're disappointed at the little information given on him. It gave lots of detail about the people surrounding him.

Thank Mary T
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