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Benaki Museum, Athens

4.6
#3 of 68 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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  • This museum is located in a private house. Wonderful collect of historical Greek items. If you are a history buff not to be missed. Enjoy a meal in their restaurant. Wonderful views.  more »
  • The ark of greek culture and civilisation, this museum presents the artefacts of greeks from far antiquity to modern times, a thrilling experience in the heart of Athens, with a nice coffee shop in th...  more »
  • If you only have time for one or two museums in Athens, then include this one, as it has a good mixture of many different things - sculpture, religious icons, paintings etc.  more »
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  • Amazing museum! Starts by showcasing some of the most beautiful artifacts from ancient Greece, and then moves forward in time to describe and illustrate the evolution of the Greek people and culture over the centuries. Staff were super friendly and welcoming, and the views from the roof top cafe were just as impressive! My favourite museum in Athens.
  • Great arts and crafts museum. I really enjoyed the traditional Greek costumes. The door top cafe commands spectacular views of Zapeion gardens .
  • My favourite museum in Athens, and one of my favourites in the world. Lots of decorative arts, objects, embroidery, jewellery, Byzantine iconography and historical Greek artefacts and so much more, all housed in a beautiful neoclassical mansion in the city. The cafe is a perfect stop for a drink, the store is a great place for a unique memento. They also have free entry one day per week and several other special collections in other locations around Athens too. An absolute joy to visit.
  • I can't give you any price because it was free for some reason I don't understand. But the museum is great with a lot of pieces to see. The wide range this museum is covering makes it essential to your visit in Athens.
  • I have to admit that I only visited the Benaki Museum because it is free on Thursdays and I had been to the other main touristic attractions in Athens; but it is an outstanding museum and I would recommend a visit to this place either on a free or paid-basis; the collection of art, crafts, jewellery, paintings and even local costumes is just phenomenal and you could easily spend half a day here without realising
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