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Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum

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The Benaki Museum competes with the Acropolis Museum and National Museum of Archaeology as one of the top three museums in Athens. It was established in 1930 by wealthy philanthropist Antonis Benakis in his neo-classical family mansion opposite the National Gardens, and he kick-started the collection by donating nearly 40,000 pieces of Byzantine and Islamic art to the museum. Further donations from private collectors over the decades swelled the exhibitions and resulted in the museum being extended several times.

Following a revamp in the early 21st century, the oriental and Islamic art was moved to thesatellite Museum of Islamic Art in Kerameikos and there is also an annexe on Pireos Street in the newly trendy district of Rouf, showcasing all that’s best on the Athens contemporary art scene. The Benaki Museum itself now concentrates solely on Greek history from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 through the formation of the Greek state in 1821 and on to the 1922, when the defeat of the Greek army in the Asia Minor Disaster led to the massacre of thousands of Greeks living in Turkey and the displacement of a million more. Showpieces among the museum’s fine collections are rare 17th-century embroidery from Cyprus, vivid traditional costumes from mainland Greece and weaponry from the independence struggles of 1821.

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Wed & Fri 9am–5pm, Thur–Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am–3pm
Koumpari 1, Athens, Greece

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Skip the Line: Benaki Museum of Greek Culture Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Benaki Museum of Greek Culture Entrance Ticket

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Housed in one of Athens’ most beautiful neoclassical buildings, the Benaki Museum is a don’t-miss both inside and out. Ensure entry even at busy times by arranging tickets ahead of time. Once there, travel through the highlights of Greek culture, from prehistoric times to ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Byzantium, and modern Greece.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.50
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Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

Hidden Athens Small Group Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens

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Escape the well-trodden tourist track and discover a quieter side of Athens on this leisurely walking tour. With a local guide, explore the tucked-away areas around the slopes of the Acropolis and uncover their ancient and recent past. Stroll around the cobbled Plaka, Athens’ Old Town; and delve into Anafiotika, where the sugar-cube houses mirror a whitewashed Cyclades village. Discover the ancient sites of Mars Hill and Philopappou Hill, and savor a delicious Greek picnic and glass of wine as you gaze over Athens sprawled below.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.41
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Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

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Explore Benaki Museum, home to art collector Antonis Benakis’ private collection, and the Temple of Zeus on this private, 3-hour walking tour. With your very own guide, you’ll see the museum’s highlights, including finds from the Bronze Age and Greek regional costumes. Then, continue to the Temple of Zeus, Greece’s largest temple, by way of the Presidential Residence, Maximos Mansion and the Panathenaic Stadium.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$205.32
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Private Guided Tour of the Cycladic Art Museum and Benaki Museum

Private Guided Tour of the Cycladic Art Museum and Benaki Museum

In the company of your Licenced Professional guide dedicated to your group alone, 'Skip the line' and enjoy a 2-Hour tour or either museum of your choice, or combine both. Housed in a beautiful Neoclassic building in the centre of Athens, the Cycladic Art museum houses the most extensive collections of unique & enigmatic prehistorical art centred around culture of the Cycladic Islands, whilst the nearby Benaki Museums collection extends from Greece’s pre-history to modern times with a countless variety of art significant in the development of one of the worlds great civilisations. From those who just don’t want to miss the highlights of Athens to the most dedicated of History buffs, this tour is a hugely informative & fascinating experience to include in any itinerary during your visit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.19
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Private Half Day Best Museums Tour

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Private Half Day Best Museums Tour

This tour is curated for the museum lovers! We have selected the 6 most popular in the city for you to choose the two museums of your preference.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$374.53
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$374.53
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Private Half Day Best Museums Tour

Private Half Day Best Museums Tour

This tour is curated for the museum lovers! We have selected the 6 most popular in the city and your guide will navigate you to the two museums of your preference.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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4-Night Athens Private Grand Tour

4-Night Athens Private Grand Tour

Are you ready to experience a sophisticated journey through time? Explore the fascinating city of Athens and create priceless memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Indulge in a boundless adventure and prepare to be amazed while strolling around Athens, the Greek capital. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling alone, with friends, with your better half or with your family. This trip is ideal for cosmopolitan travelers who are looking for a luxurious city break, a short getaway that includes food, culture, history and pampering.
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  • 5 days
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Athens Museum Unlimited Pass

Athens Museum Unlimited Pass

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If you’re a museums fan, this is the only pass you’ll need in Athens. Save time and up to 45% on individual museum tickets with just one pass that provides skip-the-line access to 16 museums, galleries, and shows. Choose from attractions such as the Acropolis Museum and Athens War Museum; and spend three days exploring. Your pass also includes an Athens get-on get-off bus tour ticket valid for 48 hours.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in port with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Athens and Piraeus. Your self-guided shore excursion offers the best of both worlds, with the flexibility to visit the sights at your own pace and the on-board commentary ensuring you don’t miss anything. Jump off along the way to explore ancient sites like the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus; stroll the pretty streets of Plaka; or visit popular attractions like the National Archeological Museum, Syntagma Square and the National Gardens.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.16
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Athens: Self-Guided City Experience

Athens: Self-Guided City Experience

Instead of spending the day rushing around Athens in a tightly-scheduled group tour, explore the city at your own pace with this self-guided tour experience. All you need is your mobile phone and some headphones to immerse yourself in the city with a VoxCity audio tour. Follow your maps to the landmarks you want to see and learn about their history from your private audio guide.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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Benaki Museum hours of operation: Wed & Fri 9am–5pm, Thur–Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am–3pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Benaki Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 10 Benaki Museum tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Benaki Museum costs USD 14.50. Guided Benaki Museum tours start around USD 14.50 per person. See all 10 Benaki Museum tickets and tours on Viator.