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Benaki Museum, Athens

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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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  • We visited the museum on the final day of our stay. We were not sure what to expect but this was a real surprise. It's pricey when compared to others in Athens but on balance is probably worth it... 
    We visited the museum on the final day of our stay. We were not sure what to expect but this was a real surprise. It's pricey when compared to others in Athens but on balance is probably worth it...  more »
  • Good cross review of Ancient Greece and more recent history. The costumes and room settings.we’re really interesting. The museum and helpful staff get a five. However, the restaurant and rude and.....  more
    Good cross review of Ancient Greece and more recent history. The costumes and room settings.we’re really interesting. The museum and helpful staff get a five. However, the restaurant and rude and.....  more »
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  • I wasn't expecting much, but this museum is a really enjoyable escape from the rest of Athens. It's air conditioned, and admission is free for those under 18. The exhibits are surprisingly interesting if you take the time to read some descriptions. The museum isn't too big, but the architecture is nice, and it's a good way to spend a couple hours away from the heat. Currently, the restaurant and third floor are under construction.
  • If you are staying longer in Athens, than this is worth doing. I would not priorities it given there are so many nicer and more interesting things to to do. The collection is mostly made off orthodox art, jewelry and clothing. The most interesting things are probably the very old figurines and pots on the ground floor. You definitely don’t need two days and can be all done in a couple of hours.

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