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Benaki Museum, Athens

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#3 of 68 in Museums in Athens
Set in a mansion belonging to the influential Bekanis family, Benaki Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts reflecting Greek history and culture. Though primarily concerned with Greece, the museum explores and celebrates the many foreign influences that have enriched the country. Admire prehistoric pottery, Byzantine iconography, 17th century embroidery, and heirlooms of influential Greek figures. Make sure to stop by the on-site restaurant. Located on the top floor, it offers superb views of central Athens. With our online itinerary creator, Athens attractions like Benaki Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A museum with an excellent selection of works from all periods that gives a magnificent panorama of Greek art, not only the classic
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  • An excellent choice, too many artifacts from ancient Greece, the Byzantine era and the later Greek history. Congratulations to the address and to the staff.
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  • Really a gem - an impressive collection of artifacts from the stone age until the present day - an amazing museum to understand the history of Greece - would absolutely go again!  more »
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  • Nice museum of Hellenic history. Not as big as the other museums in Athens but still a nice visit. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete. It has a nice cycladic and press classical section. The restaurant has a nice terrace overlooking the city where you can have a coffee.
  • Really good introduction to Greek history from the Palaeolothic to recent times. Set out in order of time over four floors with lifts. Nice cafe with open terrace having great sunset views.
  • Absolutely brilliant museum with a rich wide range of objects. I found myself in aw of this museum. It's an absolute must see, if you're in Athens
  • Excellent collection spanning many millennia. Upto 20th century Greece. In a nice building too.
  • A hidden gem in the heart of Athens. Excellent exhibits in a very cozy, warm and intimate setting. Beautiful building. Make time to have a coffee or lunch at the rooftop cafe.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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