Located opposite the National Garden sand the Hellenic Parliament, the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture is housed in one of the most beautiful neoclassical-style buildings in the city, one that continues to resist the aesthetic deterioration of postwar Athens, and its permanent collection contains over 40,000 items that offer a timeline of Greek history through the private collections of Antonis Benakis, a wealthy cotton merchant. The collection was converted into a museum and then donated to the state by Antonis and his three sisters, Alexandra, Penelope and Argine. The exhibits comprise of many, many artifacts ranging from a diverse collection of Mycenaean jewellery to the personal belongings of one of Greece’s most revered politicians, Cretan statesman and Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos. The museum also has a lovely rooftop cafe, which offers a mean coffee and a stunning view of the National Gardens.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesday.
Full Admission: 12 euros
Temporary Admission: 8 euros
Reduced prices (for students, persons over 65, teachers, archaeologists, conservators, members of Hellenic Chamber of Fine Arts and Hellenic Ministry of Culture card holders) are:
- Full Admission: 9 euros
- Temporary Admission: 6 euros
- Journalists: 1 euro
Free admission is permitted for members of Benaki Museum, unemployment card holders, persons under 22, disabled persons, guides and ICOM members.
Note: Free admission is also allowed every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. excluding organized tours and guided group visits as well as on International Museum Day (18th May) if the building remains open.
For the most updated information on timings and ticket prices, visit https://www.benaki.org/