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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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  • The Museum contains works of extraordinary importance with regard to Greek culture, its development over the centuries and the importance it played in world culture. It is not very big and is enjoyable. At the time of the visit there was a small exhibition about Art Nouveau was born thanks to the collaboration with a German Institute of Karlsruhe.
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  • This great private museum, which shows a variety of exhibits of the Greek history on 3 floors is located very near to the Syntagma Square: Antique sculptures, icons, costumes u.v.m. On the floor there is a nice Café with terrace for recreation. Also the stylish Museum Shop offers very nice things.
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  • How to match a cultural visit to a wonderful lunch! Inside this museum is a great restaurant. The restaurant is frequented by many Greeks. I recommend it. It is worth
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  • 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.
  • Incredible! The dates that some of the items range back to are mind blowing... This place is deceptively large too. The ENTIRE rooms they've transported to the museum are breathtaking, taking you backwards in time to the elegant time period.
  • I always recommend this museum to visitors who lack a long museum-friendly attention span. The magnificent, Schiller designed, neoclassical mansion is packed with top notch exhibits from the neolithic period to the end of the Ottoman occupation. You can see the entirety of Greek history in very short order, and (for me the pièce de résistance) end your visit on the terrace of the museum's restaurant, enjoying excellent Greek cuisine, with a view, at reasonable cost.
  • Incredible artifact collection, from Greece's prehistory onwards. Great building as well. More than worth your while for anyone interested in Greece's history or culture.