Benaki Museum

Athens, Greece

The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis, houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop. Although the museum initially housed a collection that included Islamic art, Chinese porcelain and exhibits on toys, its 2000 re-opening led to the creation of satellite museums that focused on specific collections, allowing the main museum to focus on Greek culture over the span of the country's history.



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Koumpari 1, Athens, Greece
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Founded: 1930
Category: Museums in Greece


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Maynard Dodson (18 months ago)
Thursday is free admission. I spent about 2 hours there and could have stayed longer but I had to meet someone. A great place to go, especially on Thursday :-)
Emily Hopper (19 months ago)
We went on a Thursday, which turned out to have free entry (!), and the museum is open until midnight, so we definitely felt this was very worth going. The museum itself is very cool, although a bit odd - most of the ground floor is all ancient Greek stuff (which was all great stuff, although probably more impressive if you haven't just come from the national Archaeological Museum!), but it then very rapidly transitions into Christian artwork, and then onto much more recent Greek history, including the war for independence on the top floor. We went in not knowing about any of the more recent history, so I don't think we got as much out of the more recent exhibits as we should have done.
Johnny van Calfsbeek (20 months ago)
Great museum, with a broad collection of items throughout the history of Greece! Very nice to visit for free on a Thursday evening. Good restaurant as well
dana fedyna (20 months ago)
Well laid out, authoritative, professional in every way. My focus was Byzantium, but the earlier antiquities are actually the museum's principal strength. Definitely worth visiting. Lovely gift shop and cafe as well.
Sol (21 months ago)
We had a great experience there. The exhibition is huge and has a lot of interesting objects of art and history. Probably the first museum where prehistoric artifacts took my breath away. The artwork is truly amazing. Also there's a cozy canteen with nice service and a good view
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