The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, is housed in the Benakis family mansion in downtown Athens, Greece. The museum 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. This Museum in Athens houses over 100,000 artifacts from Greek history and showcases the many eras, civilizations and cultures which have influenced the development of Greece. Spread over a number of locations, the museum ranks among Greece’s foremost cultural institutions.
The museum's primary home is in the Benakis' house opposite the National Garden on Queen Sofias Avenue and owes its existence to the generosity of Antonis Benakis, whose family lived in Alexandria, Egypt.
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 11:30 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 3:00 AM|
maria savvidis | Jan 2, 2018
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.
Mar Gia | Dec 28, 2017
Nice museum and a great bar! Excellent service, really nice waiters!! The prices are good, is not an expensive place. We take 1 cappuccino, 1hot tea and 3 dessert =15,70€ and you can eat here with out paying the entrance of the museum. The entrance of the museum is free all Thursdays.
Joe Cecere | Jan 3, 2018
Extremely interesting. By far better of museums in Athens. Liked how it chronologically took the visitor through the timeline of greek history, almost to present. Also easy to access & walk to & located in nice well presented premises.
Dinu Raducanu | Nov 24, 2017
Nice museum of Hellenic history. Not as big as the other museums in Athens but still a nice visit. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete. It has a nice cycladic and press classical section. The restaurant has a nice terrace overlooking the city where you can have a coffee.
Peter Panos Karatsioris | Feb 22, 2018
One of Athens' best museums. The view from its restaurant on the second floor is very nice. Free entrance every Thursday till midnight!
Grégory Fleury | Mar 16, 2018
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.
D.A. | Mar 24, 2018
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
Gyuri Csete | Apr 28, 2018
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.
jorge garcia rey | May 5, 2018
Easy to follow and very well layed out museum. Great descriptions of the amazing displays that walk you through Greece's history and most historic moments. The museum shop looks nice, but it seems a bit on the expensive side.
Maria Psiliagkou | Apr 7, 2018
Great arts and crafts museum. I really enjoyed the traditional Greek costumes. The door top cafe commands spectacular views of Zapeion gardens .
Peter Akpunonu | May 20, 2018
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.
Fabrizio Iozzi | May 27, 2018
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.
Evangelia Philippidis | Jun 12, 2018
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!
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