Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum information

Location
Athens , Greece
Address
Koumbari 1
cnr Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Kolonaki
Telephone
+30 210 367 1000
Getting there
Metro: Syntagma, Evangelismos
More information
www.benaki.gr
Prices
adult/concession €7/5, free Thu
Opening hours
9am-5pm Wed & Fri, to midnight Thu & Sat, to 3pm Sun
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Greece’s finest private museum contains the vast collection of Antonis Benakis, accumulated during 35 years of avid collecting in Europe and Asia. The collection includes Bronze Age finds from Mycenae and Thessaly; works by El Greco; ecclesiastical furniture brought from Asia Minor; pottery, copper, silver and woodwork from Egypt, Asia Minor and Mesopotamia; and a stunning collection of Greek regional costumes.

The museum has expanded into several branches to house its vast and diverse collections and is a major player in the city’s arts scene. It hosts a full schedule of rotating exhibitions.

The Benaki Museum Pireos Annexe hosts regular visual arts, cultural and historical exhibitions as well as major international shows. The impressive former industrial building has a cafe and excellent gift shop.