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Benaki Museum

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Benaki Museum.

Benaki Museum features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Eclectic and unique art collection
  • Great insight into Greek culture
  • Amazing view from the top floor café

Time required: 90 minutes

Phone: +30 210 367 1000

Web site:

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am - 5pm
Thursdays: 9am - 12midnight
Sundays: 9am - 3am
Tuesdays: Closed
Public holidays: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 6 €
Thursdays: Free

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Syntagma station

Address: 1 Koumbari Street and Vas. Sofias Avenue, Athens

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: hijukal

Things you need to know:

  • Benaki Museum is a world class art museum in central Athens. Antonis Benakis established the museum in 1930 in memory of his father, Emmanouil Benakis
  • The Benakis family used to be one of Athens' most prominent families. Emmanouil Benakis was a wealthy merchant and politician
  • The museum is housed in a mansion that once belonged to the influential family
  • Since the 2000 re-opening the museum's main focus is Greek art showing the evolution of Greek painting, sculpture and handicrafts
  • Other collections such as Islamic or Chinese art have been moved to satellite museums
  • Over 20 000 items are on display

What to do there:

  • Discover the museum and learn about Greek history and culture from the Stone Age to the 20th century
  • The exhibition contains icons, sculptures, textiles and costume collections
  • Do not miss the café on the top floor that offers amazing view

Tips & Insights:

  • The entrance to the museum is free every Thursday
  • Although there is not audioguide available the well written English descriptions next to each artifact will give you ample information

Benaki Museum features in these preplanned City Guides: