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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. 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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  • With a scope from antiquity to much on the War of Independence and into the last century, it’s an absorbing couple of hours immersion. Pottery from ancient times include geometric amphora with...  more »
  • The building is beautiful and there is much to see, but we felt uncomfortable during our trip. Some of the museum staff were wearing masks which did not cover their noses, and some of them were not...  more »
  • The museum is open and with almost no visitors, there is not better time to visit it! The bar terrace is also worth a sundowner  more »
  • I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. Wish there was more time. The embroidery on display was very impressive. I've yet to see such an extensive collection on exhibit anywhere else. Benaki Museum has a few locations but I highly recommend this one. You can even prepay for the tickets via Google Maps. Map your route from home to make sure you see all you want once they reopen.
  • Absolutely fantastic. Especially for everybody who is not only interested in ancient Greek history. Very friendly staff and a really nice cafe. Worth to visit. Especially when you have only one or two days in Athens. Go and visit.
  • Museum in the center of Athens showing mostly Byzantine historical pieces and history. I visited the Robert McCabe exhibition today which was a perfect getaway from the August Athens heat 🔥 👌🏻
  • Museum is well establish and there is lots of knowledge to gain. I will definitely visit again and again!!
  • Amazing museum. The staff at the cafe can be snobbish at times.

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