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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
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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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This place is a must visit for all people in Athens. So much to see, culture, history, art. Very nice people working there too.

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Athens, Greece
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This place is a must visit for all people in Athens. So much to see, culture, history, art. Very nice people working there too.

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This museum houses artifacts that include BC and AD. A wonderful museum downtown Athens that is a must see!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My favorite part is the vintage rooms. Also really like painting of Athens over the last 250 years, showing how it was just a sleepy fishing village until recently.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is good one for the children, had a lot of costumes and a mix of old and new. Had lots of floors to go through and was well laid out. Another excellent coffee shop

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Sunday not overly busy and a special exhibition of Art Nouveau. The restaurant was our first port of call as I fancied a coffee. A sense they don't overly welcome the tourist here and that this is a place for wealthy locals. Lots of rich elderly women wearing expensive jewellery deep in conversation. I felt as if... More 

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Thank you for your review! Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of 2 enjoyed lunch in the cafe (stuffed squid, quiche, wine) before touring this exquisite private museum. Skipped the pottery, but appreciated all other exhibits. Loved that we could get up close to artworks from a range of eras, and learn about Greek history. Especially enjoyed displays on the fight for independence from Turks, weapons, treasures. Many icons... More 

Thank AlphaXplor
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited this museum and I really enjoyed it. It has free entrance every Thursday. There is a nice variety of objects, from archeology, folklore costumes, paintings, religious objects etc. It takes about 1-2 hours to see it. I advise to have a drink in the cafeteria as it has a terrace with a very nice view over the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautifully presented museum with a host of lovingly restored exhibits and an excellent top floor restaurant overlooking the city.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only museum that we visited in Athens and, quite by accident, it happened to be a free day when it was open until midnight. Some pieces in this museum date back to 6-5000 BC! Most of the labeling is in English. The location is in the center of the city near Constitution Square. It also has exhibits... More 

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Located in the aristocratic area of Kolonaki in Athens, this Museum is a pure diamond 💎! You will find - 3 FLOORS of permanent collections of precious pieces of Greek History absolutely stunning - free entrance - Temporary exhibition - paying - A CAFE with a wonderful terrace Except usual hot or cold drinks, the food service is not that... More 

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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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