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Benaki Museum, Athens

4.6
#3 of 74 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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  • I was a little overwhelmed here by the volume of information available. However, I particularly enjoyed the textile exhibitions and the Macedonian room layouts which brought the history more alive...  more »
  • We loved this museum which is far less popular than the ancient sites and museums, but just as interesting. It covers a lot of Modern Greek history and culture with some absolutely fascinating...  more »
  • Lots of findings from old period and recent history, archaeological as wel daily life not only from Greece, but also from the surrounding Balkan countries, they have the same cultural history, no...  more »
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  • I am usually not that much of an classical art person but I found this museum very interesting for it's wide array of different pieces. It covers classical busts, Renaissance paintings, Byzantine clothing, historical coins and much more. What I found best were the texts that have me a reference with which I could understand the various pieces.
  • The museum is situated in a beautiful historical building and hosts artifacts from all Greek periods. It offers an audio tour via an app but we didn't try it. Worth a visit.Lots of interesting stuff in this museum - I especially liked the exhibits on old styles of Greek clothing. If you're going to pay this museum a visit, come for lunch because the view from the top floor is spectacular!
  • We went here yesterday with my friends, we really enjoyed visiting here. They have also restaurant here, but too pricey for us, poor students. Here you can also see modern art, not only ancient and a lot of sacral art. It was definitely worth it.
  • The main collection is, of course, magnificently curated but the true delight here are the periodic exhibitions that usually crash with it. I find it exhilarating going from ancient art to expressionism in just three floors. Bonus, it's open until midnight on Thursdays so it's a great time for a late night visit!
  • Not knowing what to expect at this museum I was extremely impressed with the high quality objects displayed. They wouldn't be out of place in other major museums around the world quite frankly. The nice thing is that it's just the right size that you can see everything at a gentle pace. Highly recommend this museum.

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