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Benaki Museum, Athens

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#3 of 71 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 has a remarkable collection icons, beautiful costumes, sculptures to make absolutely
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  • The Terrace Restaurant was recommended to us after spending most of the day Museum hopping. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and dining here was a very pleasant experience. We enjoyed a nic...  more »
  • Nothing to say about the beauty of the exhibits and collections, but a minimum of contextualization. Switching from one type of exposure (eg. from art to Chinese Orthodox) seamless continuity, unique "beacons" are descriptions in this museum only in Greek and in English! I used the free entry of Thursday, but unless you have already a good knowledge of collections of Benaki and their value not a happy return.
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  • A small but very interesting museum. The upper floors tell some stories of the more recent Greece (maybe not great artworks but a historically interesting). The ground floor has a beautiful collection of antiquities. The bar & restaurant is in a wonderful terrace and the food is good.
  • Nice roof garden for a coffee or a snack. Fantastic views of surrounding city. This place is certainly worth a visit it's such a lovely building!
  • One of the most awe inspiring museums EVER! I have waited my entire life to see thus place as it was either closed on the days u was in Athens or under renovation. It was worth the wait!
  • 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.
  • Gorgeous museum that will take you all the way through Greek history. The building is unassuming from the outside by the treasures inside are amazing. There's a cafe on the second floor that deserves a visit.
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