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Benaki Museum, Athens

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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 well laid out museum with an eclectic mix of items. As the title indicates we were amazed by some of the jewellery, how did craftsmen over 2000 years ago produce these items. Some of the signet... 
    A well laid out museum with an eclectic mix of items. As the title indicates we were amazed by some of the jewellery, how did craftsmen over 2000 years ago produce these items. Some of the signet...  more »
  • I day well spent .very very interesting things to see. You will definitely love it .the staff is also very helpful 
    I day well spent .very very interesting things to see. You will definitely love it .the staff is also very helpful  more »
  • Great museum housed in an old mansion. Addresses multiple periods of Greek history. Worth a visit and perhaps a coffee on the roof terrace. 
    Great museum housed in an old mansion. Addresses multiple periods of Greek history. Worth a visit and perhaps a coffee on the roof terrace.  more »
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  • Pretty good museum, based on private collections of collectors. An interesting collection of jewelry, a lot of interesting ceramics. And there is even a collection of traditional Greek clothes. And as a bonus, a nice cafe with a roof terrace, with amazingly delicious cakes and coffee.
  • A museum centred around Greek history and culture from ancient years to today. Entrance fee could be argued to be a bit steep, but I consider the experience (approximately 3-4 hours to view things at a leisurely pace) to be well worth the cost. I found the ground floor with the ancient artifacts and jewellery to be the most interesting. There are numerous pieces within the main collection that the Louvre or British Museum would wish they could have. Which is to say that if you're in Athens and wish to spend a few hours at a museum, the Benaki is an excellent choice.
  • Permanent exhibit is as always beautiful and powerful display of Byzantine icons. Current exhibit was also very well curated. Best part is sitting in the cafe with the Acropolis views. Arugula salad was delicious and staff was very accommodating with me relaxing after my meal and taking in the good vibes and sunlight.
  • Fabulous! Make sure to use the audio tour, which is available through QR codes. The guide must be more than 3 hours in total, but the codes are tied to specific exhibits so you can choose what you're interested in hearing more about.
  • Mid size museum with many types of works spanning Greece's history and culture. Decent information provided alongside the works. Decently organized collection

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