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Benaki Museum

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Kolonaki / Lykavittos
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Address: 1 Koubari, Athens 106 74, Greece
Phone Number:
+30 21 0367 1000
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09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 03:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis and presents the...

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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AMAZING COLLECTION OF ANTIQUITIES

This is the only museum that we visited in Athens and, quite by accident, it happened to be a free day when it was open until midnight. Some pieces in this museum date back to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the only museum that we visited in Athens and, quite by accident, it happened to be a free day when it was open until midnight. Some pieces in this museum date back to 6-5000 BC! Most of the labeling is in English. The location is in the center of the city near Constitution Square. It also has exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Located in the aristocratic area of Kolonaki in Athens, this Museum is a pure diamond 💎! You will find - 3 FLOORS of permanent collections of precious pieces of Greek History absolutely stunning - free entrance - Temporary exhibition - paying - A CAFE with a wonderful terrace Except usual hot or cold drinks, the food service is not that... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So much to see here. Well worth a visit. I was there just before Christmas and there were lots of locals doing a bit of Christmas shopping in the gift shop :)

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Interesting museum with exhibits from early history to modern day. Many exhibits were replicas of the originals in the national archeological museum Very interesting and enjoyable visit

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had decided not to visit here, but changed our minds as it was raining. Very glad we did so. The museum gives a much wider view of Greek art and culture from 3000 BC to mid- 19th century. Ancient treasures, costumes through the ages, re-created rooms, stunning displays of jewellery. Very well laid out, and a popular coffee shop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum displays a impressive collection of history from many different eras. I especially found the Byzantine section interesting, and it was refreshing to see other parts from Greek history (than only ancient times) represented. Every section of the museum was numbered, so it was very easy to navigate chronologically through the collections. Definitely worth a visit!

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Kavala, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum exhibits to the public more than three thousand years of Greek history, from prehistoric and classical years to modern history. The ambience is aristocratic, the show is interesting and the restaurant is nice. What else do you want?

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best place to get some knowledge about the history and culture of Greece. It is good to know, that opening hours on Thursdays and Saturdays are 9:00 - 00:00! You need more than half of day to explore it thoroughly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this pivate museum houses an amazing collection. while the first floor is dedicated to the Cycladic and early Greek period with some really fantastic pieces on display, the upper floors turn it more into a ethnographic museum with traditional clothing etc. All together a great visit on a rainy or very hot day, and worth it on any other day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While other sites concentrate on early Greek and Roman remains, the Benaki takes you on a voyage through Greek History almost up to the present day. For visitors this is a truly fascinating insight into the influences on modern Greece.

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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 reaches of Kolonaki transition into Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in central Athens. Climb the paths through its wooded slopes to the tiny chapel at the top, from where you are rewarded with stunning views across the Acropolis to the sea and even the mountains of the Peloponnese on a clear day. The wooden amphitheater up here hosts regular concerts during the summer.
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