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Benaki Museum, Athens
(4.5/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Definitely worth a visit, especially if your journey is divisible by time. This museum, founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis, the year on the basis of its own art collection, now his exposition very wide and varied-is based on Greek art from prehistoric to modern times-the collection includes handicrafts, utensils, jewellery, costumes, icons, etc. Variously, informative and fun even for visits with the children, they are not tired-each room a different exposure. The building itself deserves special attention-very interesting architecture!
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  • a must see in athens on museum row.it is free on a thursday but any admission charge would be worth it as i just got lucky 
  • Private collection of Benakis covers all periods of Athens in particular and Greek from ancient times to present day. I wish we had had more time as it is really fantastic. It must be stressed that it...  more »
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  • The Benaki Museum has an excellent collection of works from Ancient Greece on the ground floor. The really interesting thing about this museum, though, is that the exhibitions cover the entire Greece history up to the past century. Within the one building you can get a sense of all the important stages in the development of the country in a very well-presented way. This museum is a must-see!
  • One of the most beautiful museums in Athens. The museum collection is massive and it has a rich collection of exhibits from the prehistoric era to the Greek Revolution including ancient Greek and Byzantine artefacts
  • A great museum that tells the history of Greece with exhibits throughout the ages, reaching up to 1922. It also houses exhibitions of contemporary greek artists. It has a nice cafe on the roof that overlooks the National Gardens. Recommended for morning coffee and lunch!
  • Free for students which was nice. A lot of content but not very much explanations left you feeling like you were just walking through without context. Bottom floor of ancient artifacts was enormous and wish we had gone through slower to focus on cool exhibits upstairs
  • Always a safe bet though I would recommend the nearby Cycladic art museum more for kids.