Its permanent collection with more than 40,000 items offers a timeline of Greek history
Collections dedicated to the historic development of Islamic civilisation
A vast industrial art space organized around a central courtyard, the Benaki annex is concerned with modern, inventive and contemporary art where its other museums are concerned with the historic and the classical. Apart from a couple pf portraits of founder Antonis Benakis, the museum has no permanent exhibitions, choosing instead to have rotating temporary collections on display. The building also hosts various exhibitions, music events, performances and conferences at its modern amphitheater—it’s worth checking the schedule if you’d like to attend any. With a modern café and an excellent shop, the museum truly is Athens’s window to contemporary art and design.
Housing a collection of over 3,000 works of art from from all phases of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art, this museum is dedicated to to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on the Cycladic Art of the third millennium BC. Founded in 1986, using the collections of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, it evidences the various cultures that bloomed from the fourth century BC till the sixth AD in the Aegean Sea islands and the East Mediterranean. Of special interest is the glass-roofed corridor, connecting the modern building to the 19th century neoclassical mansion. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Struth, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, and Jannis Kounellis are among the artists hosted.