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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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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 23:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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+30 21 0367 1000
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21 - 30 of 718 reviews

Reviewed 23 July 2017

Had heard a great deal of the Benaki and was underwhelmed. No a my top list of places to go in Athens. Cycladic and Archeology best two museums I visited.

1  Thank dleyva1
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The Benaki was completely renovated and extended a few years back. It is now one of the best Museums in Athens. You should make the effort to go there. It was once a very majestic private house.

Thank PeterNsw
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The Benaki museum is surely on of the most appreciated museum in Athens. I m sorry to say but for me it was only a ragbag of everything. But I like a lot of Benaki museum of islamic art, situated in a different place (Psyri/Kerameikos)...More

Thank tarjak2014
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

There are so many galleries and museums to visit in Athens but this one is very special. The extensive collection which displays antiquities dated from 300 BC is housed in what was Benaki's home. I fell in love with not only the collection but the...More

Thank Travelswithmyfriends
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Benaki museum is different from the rest of the museums in Athens in that as most of the other museums focus on the ancient history of the country, Benaki museum represents items which showcase the more contemporary aspect of the Greek life. Thus, I found...More

Thank Reza S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Went to this museum after seeing some reviews of Trip Advisor. It didn't cost anything to go in and it was lovely inside. Good quality of artifacts.

Thank sharonsands
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Even though this is a stunning collection of objects, and worth a trip, the museography is so dated that the viewer is mostly left without the necessary information. Typed cards, low light, and a lack of signage make for a frustrating visit.

Thank MjM247
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This museum houses so much more than you might expect. It is 36 galleries, which are privately owned. The building itself is beautiful from the outside and there are video interviews throughout the lower floor explaining the significance of the many treasures. I enjoyed the...More

Thank PamYoung
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The entrance to the museum is not assuming but once inside you can feel the high ceiling and see the chandeliers. The building is well air conditioned and with free wifi. The day we went the place was free. Although the museum is not a...More

Thank BW135
Reviewed 12 July 2017

It was a very hot Saturday afternoon and we were in need of a museum to occupy ourselves and help cool down. The Benaki Museum is a short walk from Syntagma Square and although not huge it does pack in a fair amount, and not...More

Thank Swedishtomcat
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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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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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greekcampbell
25 April 2017|
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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
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