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“Great philanthropy, miscellaneous objects, mediocre paintings”
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Benaki Museum
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Ranked #15 of 320 things to do in Athens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This museum grew out of a private collection that its owner, a patriot, donated to his nation together with the elegant mansion. That much is impressive. The objects, however, are a mixed bag. I found little artistic excellence, and much that is simply interesting or curious. Paintings are mostly unattributed to artists. Only several of the paintings are noteworthy; some are amateurish. Ground floor is noisy with five interviews with contemporary artists playing continually on the loop.

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We caught the funicular up Mt Lycabettus first then walked the 15 miniutes downhill to the Benaki Museum. Children are free and adults are nine euros . A price well worth it. An impressive collection which has something for everyone. My favourite was the beautiful collection of jewellery and the impressive recreation of two beautiful rooms from a palace. I also loved the costumes. A truely stunning collection to spend time walking through. It was also quieter than the other museums we had visited which was a relief.

Afterwards grab a beer or wine and something to eat in their lovely terrace restaurant. A beautiful place to spend a lazy hour or two after sightseeng.

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Interesting exhibits and a lot of history to cover. It is full of history from ancient Greece to independence. An easy walk from the Metro

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Skipable, even for this museum lover, but it was a very fun late night way to end the day on Thursday, when it is both free and open until midnight. The restaurant on top of the museum had delicious mezzo and drinks, after which we spiraled down through the eclectic collections, passing from costumes to period rooms to Cycladic sculpture to icons. A real sampler, and interesting as a collector's collection, like the Isabella Stuart Gardiner in Boston or Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. But not many truly gorgeous works of art here, so, if you have limited time, there are many other truly fine museums in Athens that should take priority.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Very interesting exhibition over the Greek history. Beautifully located, near to the Syntagma square with the Parlamet building.

Thank Kenneth L
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