Benaki Museum, Athens

Benaki Museum, Athens (must see)

The Benaki Museum is a repository of the collection of historical objects by Athenian resident, Antonis Benakis. It was established in 1930 in the house of Emmanouil Benakis, the father of Antonis.

The museum is in a house built in neoclassical style for the merchant, Loannis Peroglou who later sold the mansion to businessman, Panagis Charokopos. Emmanouil Benakis bought the building from Charokopos in 1910. The entire structure was redesigned and a wing was added to house the museum in 1930 after the death of Emmanouil. After 1974, several works of art were added that exceeded the capacity of the building. Many exhibits, especially the objects belonging to the Islamic era and the Chinese collection, were moved to other facilities and today the main Benaki Museum has only collections pertaining to Greece.

The Benaki Museum has three floors with exhibits that go back to 6500 BC. Objects include gold and silver bowls from 3000 BC, jewelry dating back to 1500 BC and an extensive range of ancient to modern costumes. There are also two rooms that are replicas of traditional Greek houses showing the typical lifestyle of the people.

The Benaki Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is located close to Syntagma Square and has a cafe and well-stocked gift shop for the convenience of visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
Suitable not only if you're a fan of culture and arts, but also a history fan, especially if you're visiting Athens in a short period of time and want a museum that sums up the history of Greece.

Tip:
Try to visit on Thursdays, when it is both free and open until midnight.
The museum's hidden asset is its rooftop cafe with delicious foods and marvelous vistas of the National Gardens and the House of Parliament.

Opening Hours:
Wed, Fri: 10am-6pm; Thu, Sat: 10am-12am; Sun: 10am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Benaki Museum
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour Around the Peaceful National Garden   Walking Tour Along Vassilissis Sofias Avenue  

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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