Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
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The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art is situated in a Neo-Classical building complex in the Kerameikos neighbourhood. It is the only museum of its kind in Greece, featuring a unique collection of world-renowned artifacts, one of the top-ten collections worldwide. The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion. During the preservation works of the building, a section of the ancient city wall of Athens was uncovered at the basement level; it is now accessible to visitors. More information at http://bit.ly/2YPAtwg
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Neighbourhood: Psirri / Gazi
Side-by-side neighbourhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
How to get there
  • Thissio • 4 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 8 min walk
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Thomas N
Stavanger488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Obviously you need to be interested in Islamic art to go here. There is a huge portion of pottery, but also some very nice other types of Islamic art pieces from the Benaki collection. At the top there is a very cozy cafe with nice service and view.
Written 27 June 2023
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Michael J
Wisbech, UK242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
of this amazing collection, spread over seemingly endless rooms is an absolute must. Full-on displays of unbelieveable excellence.
Written 23 December 2022
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Mohammad Gangat
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Incredible review. More traveller's to Athens should visit this museum. The art is incredible and the time-line of Islamic history is amazing. Fabulous works of art give a great account of the Islamic civilization. A must, highly recommend when in Athens.
Written 18 September 2022
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Lancaster, PA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I was a bit surprised to find an Islamic art museum in Athens, given Greece's history with the Ottomans. The collection is small, but many of the pieces are excellent. The exhibition is well document with useful explanation of the time periods covered. Definitely worth an hour or so of your time.
Written 14 August 2022
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Ziellona
89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Benaki Islamic has absolutely amazing exhibition. As in. All museums of this family, there are lot of amazing things with very little description.
Means that beauty of the exhibition is. Absolutely amazed, but we don't know what we are looking for. Descriptions are in 2 languages, but little letters and low located don't help us.
In my humble opinion the benaki Islamic is absolutely worth to visit
Written 27 May 2022
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Susan D
connecticut809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We loved this museum which is a little off the beaten path. It was an oppressively hot day and it was nice to be inside this cool oasis. There were only 2 other visitors when we were there on early afternoon on a Friday. If you like islamic ceramics such as from Iran, this place is for you. Beautiful!!!
Written 27 July 2021
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permia
Ireland41,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Covering centuries across numerous countries it’s a superlative selection of eclectic treasures. Set in an imposing Neo-Classical house that provides a fine backdrop to the displays.

Ceramics, tiles and metal works are exquisite. Golden jewellery often inlaid with precious gemstones is attractively well represented.

Wood carving, on doors and panels is gorgeous with decorative flourishes. Glass vessels are beautiful.

An elegant Egyptian mansion reception room reflects the lives lived by the higher echelons during the Ottoman Empire. It has an inlaid marble floor and comes from the 17th century.

Swords and other weapons feature in the exhibits. An array of swords and daggers have inlaid golden inscriptions of Koran phrases.

A marvellous pair of Turkish conical helmets are complimented with a great suit of chain mail.
Written 20 June 2020
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emjosn
London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Lovely small museum with just one room in each floor (so easy to navigate) focused on a different era. There is good commentary on the qr codes by some of the pieces (with WiFi hotspots, althoughi didn't spot were to get the password). The cafe on the roof terrace is great, rather expensive but nice called and drinks, and great views of the acropolis and kerameikos cemetery.
Written 7 March 2020
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MaayanLior
Tel Aviv, Israel643 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Rude staff, made our experience poor.
We left the exhibition early than we expected and we decided to go instead to hellenic car museum.
Go directly to hellenic car museum and skip the art museum you’ll enjoy the car museum much more, guaranteed.
Written 1 March 2020
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marios kotzampourounis
Mytilene, Greece269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
An extraordinary place where you can admire artifacts and styles of Islamic art.
Please be noticed that it is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Written 7 November 2019
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Benaki Museum of Islamic Art admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 821.91, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 7,213.21 per person.


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