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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. Put Benaki Museum into our Athens vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Athens.
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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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  • Benaki Museum housed in an neoclassical wonderful Villa and was a private house in Kolonaki district; the museum has a vast collection of traditional costumes and much jewelerys of many epocs; it's a ...  more »
  • nice cafe on the top floor. An amazing array of articles on display reaching back through the ages. Not too big so you can get around quite quickly and then have a refreshment on the roof. A nice expe...  more »
  • That day I visited 3 of the 4 museum in that stop of the hop on hop off bus, and was delightfully surprised the the first museum witch was the Benaki Museum has free entrance Thursday. It is not a big...  more »
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  • Great museum of Greek art, both folk and high. Ceramics, fabrics, paintings, even whole rooms from old houses. Also had very good restaurant and gift shop.
  • It was closed the day I went, still the people working there were helpful and the art I did see while talking with them was very nice; so be sure to check the hours. Highly recommended by local Athenians. Right across from a very nice park.
  • A treasure trove! Each room contains priceless items! Went early spring and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Very central. The restaurant on the second floor has beautiful views and the sunny balcony a great place to relax.
  • The main exhibition was amazing. Also the store had very interesting pieces to invest in.
  • Very well done and comprehensive museum of Greek history. Whilst the national museums tend to focus on the Cycladic, Minoan and the Classical Greek periods, this one goes from the beginning to the end, including the history of Greece under various occupying powers (e.g. the Ottomans). Children probably would have a greater appreciation for this museum compared to the National Archeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum, as this one contains many costumes and drawings, that would bring history to life. An upscale cafe sits on the 2nd floor, serving Western food, with charming views of the National Gardens below.