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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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  • This is a wonderful little gem of a museum, especially if you need a break from ancient ruins and artifacts. It has a wonderful collection of items from Greek life and it is in a beautifully restored ...  more »
  • The Museum is located a short distance from Syntagma Square, is housed in the Benakis family mansion, beautiful. It brings together a remarkable private collection of Greek and Asian works of art from antiquity to the 20th century and prominent examples of Greek culture, traditional folk costumes and various objects. It is worth to be visited, the staff is friendly.
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  • Great space and easily visited. Divided into several themed rooms. Polite staff and very clean room. You can take pictures without Flash of course. It is advisable not to carry many things, although it has room for their care. It takes several hours for proper exploration of space. From the ancient history, as the New Greek!
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  • My favourite museum in Athens, and one of my favourites in the world. Lots of decorative arts, objects, embroidery, jewellery, Byzantine iconography and historical Greek artefacts and so much more, all housed in a beautiful neoclassical mansion in the city. The cafe is a perfect stop for a drink, the store is a great place for a unique memento. They also have free entry one day per week and several other special collections in other locations around Athens too. An absolute joy to visit.
  • I can't give you any price because it was free for some reason I don't understand. But the museum is great with a lot of pieces to see. The wide range this museum is covering makes it essential to your visit in Athens.
  • I have to admit that I only visited the Benaki Museum because it is free on Thursdays and I had been to the other main touristic attractions in Athens; but it is an outstanding museum and I would recommend a visit to this place either on a free or paid-basis; the collection of art, crafts, jewellery, paintings and even local costumes is just phenomenal and you could easily spend half a day here without realising
  • Nice museum and a great bar! Excellent service, really nice waiters!! The prices are good, is not an expensive place. We take 1 cappuccino, 1hot tea and 3 dessert =15,70€ and you can eat here with out paying the entrance of the museum. The entrance of the museum is free all Thursdays.
  • Extremely interesting. By far better of museums in Athens. Liked how it chronologically took the visitor through the timeline of greek history, almost to present. Also easy to access & walk to & located in nice well presented premises.

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