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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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  • August 17, 2017
    One of the ornaments of Athens Museum: accessible, friendly, with permanent exhibits, temporary exhibitions, rich shop, amazing Cafe/restaurant with a great view: the reasons to visit often (alone or with family or friends)
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  • August 17, 2017
    Paradise found private museum! The episkefthoyn all those who come Athens! Elements of culture, art and made!
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  • August 14, 2017
    the museum is interesting in a way that it has different types of collections You can see something ancient but also there is contemporary exhibition it is also fun to eat in the museum restaurant and...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • March 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    The main exhibition was amazing. Also the store had very interesting pieces to invest in.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.

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