At Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Kolonaki, 5 blocks east of Syntagma Sq
10674 Athens, Greece
+30 210 367 1000
NileGuide Expert tip:
Thursday nights are a grand tradition at the Benaki, when the museum is free to all and stays open until ten in the evening. Dinner is served on the rooftop garden with a romantic view of the Acropolis after dark.
Behind a vine-covered gate, in a romantic white mansion, eight thousand years of Greek history come alive. Enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, historic weapons and paintings. The greatest attraction is the reconstructions of 18th and 19th century living. The museum also features a Childhood and Toy Department (with 15,000 historic games and children's items from around the world), a Chinese Art Department (with ceramics as old as 4,000 years) and a Coptic Art Department where displays include rare textiles from Egypt.
Along with the standing collection, temporary exhibitions that spotlight artwork and culture are rotated on the top level. The museum shop offers upscale treasures like hand-embroidered linens, painted porcelain, silver, and a hefty selection of premium books on Greek culture. A cafe and roof garden is located on the top level, providing an excellent place for a light snack, tea or coffee with a stunning view of the Acropolis.
The striking building was designed by Greek architect Anastasios Metaxas who was also responsible for the restoration of the Panathenaic Stadium one block away.The Benaki has two additional museums worth visiting: the Museum of Islamic Art and the Benaki Pireos Street Annexe.
The Benaki is part of the "Museum Mile" which includes the Cycladic Museum of Art, the War Museum, the National Gallery, and the Byzantine Museum.
Nearest Metro: Evangelismo