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Benaki Museum

1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
+30 21 0367 1000
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The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents the historical and cultural development of the Greek nation. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields –from the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period and from the fall of Constantinople to the struggle for Greek independence in 1821- the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
+30 21 0367 1000
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Reviewed today

This is he museum I wished I had had time to visit. We just had time to visit the shop. I bought the guide book. If I ever get back to Athens, this is top of my list.

Thank traveller1926
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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 see the view

Thank YT H
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a free entrance to the museum on Thursdays. Take it for at least two hours. We enjoyed it and we are happy we visited the Benaki Museum.

Thank Dvojenas
Reviewed 1 week ago

On aour previous trips we did not have time to visit the museums. So Benaki Museum was our first stop this time. It has a great collection. We all enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the costumes and jewelry. The cafe was also very nice.

Thank Ayse B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum grew out of a private collection that its owner, a patriot, donated to his nation together with the elegant mansion. That much is impressive. The objects, however, are a mixed bag. I found little artistic excellence, and much that is simply interesting or...More

Thank Nenad K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught the funicular up Mt Lycabettus first then walked the 15 miniutes downhill to the Benaki Museum. Children are free and adults are nine euros . A price well worth it. An impressive collection which has something for everyone. My favourite was the beautiful...More

Thank zitaaussiemum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits and a lot of history to cover. It is full of history from ancient Greece to independence. An easy walk from the Metro

Thank Acurob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Skipable, even for this museum lover, but it was a very fun late night way to end the day on Thursday, when it is both free and open until midnight. The restaurant on top of the museum had delicious mezzo and drinks, after which we...More

1  Thank TurkeyTravelingGirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting exhibition over the Greek history. Beautifully located, near to the Syntagma square with the Parlamet building.

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had heard a great deal of the Benaki and was underwhelmed. No a my top list of places to go in Athens. Cycladic and Archeology best two museums I visited.

1  Thank dleyva1
Kolonaki / Lykavittos
By far the ritziest neighbourhood in town, Kolonaki is
home to most of the chic boutiques and designer label
stores. Here, the wealthy say no to austerity by
dressing in their finest and spending hours in the
trendy cafés around Kolonaki Square, sipping the most
expensive coffee in Europe. The area also contains a
couple of notable museums and cultural institutions,
which add to the air of nobility. The leafy upper
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25 April 2017|
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Response from mike c | Reviewed this property |
There is an express bus from Glyfada to the city centre. Get of near syntagma and walk. I can't remember the bus number , I think it is x23 but there is only one express bus so a local will be able to tell you. Do not take... More