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Benaki Museum of Greek Culture: a historical panorama of Greece & a collection of coptic art

A panorama of the Greek culture from the prehistoric era to the end of the Greco-Turkish War in 1922. A collection of Coptic Art is also housed in this building.
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Average Cost: 9€ / Temporary: 7€ (Reduced: 7€ / 5€) - Thursday: free!

The Benaki Museum is a network of seven sites in Athens. With many collections and cultural activities, Benaki Museum demonstrates how the different cultures and historical periods of the past meet modern art moves.

The numerous temporary exhibitions, publications, conferences, concerts and educational programmes make the Benaki Museum a multifarious art institution of the 21st century. Find more about the museum’s temporary exhibitions here.

The main building includes a group of collections with more than 40,000 items, illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama: from antiquity and the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period; from the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation to the outbreak of the struggle for independence in 1821; and from the formation of the modern state of Greece (1830) down to 1922, the year in which the Asia Minor disaster took place.

The same building also includes a collection of Coptic art that presents a uniquely rich group of textiles. The blending of elements, derived from the local Egyptian tradition and Greco-Roman civilisation with vigorous newer elements of the Christian religion, is very clearly reflected in the textiles which comprise this particular collection. The stress on ornament, the stylisation of the human figure, the emphasis on depicting local subjects such as Nile landscapes, and above all the expressive immediacy of the scenes themselves, are all distinguishing features of Coptic art. Some of the textiles in the collection reproduce the subject matter and aesthetic tendencies of the great artistic centres of the day. These fragmentary objects are the only evidence we have of the appearance of luxurious silk cloths which have for the most part been lost.

Admission to all exhibitions: 9€ / Temporary exhibition: 7€
Reduced admission: to all exhibitions: 7€ / to temporary exhibition: 5€ for students, persons over 65, teachers, archaeologists, conservators, members of Hellenic Chamber of Fine Arts, Hellenic Ministry of Culture card holders, European Youth Card holders
Journalists : € 1
Free entrance: Unemployment Card holders, persons under 22, disabled persons, guides, members of Benaki Museum, ICOM members, Friends of the Benaki Museum
Combined tickets:
• 20% discount on the total admission cost of Permanent and Temporary exhibition (Main Building & N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery)
• Ticket “The Benaki Museum Experience” priced at € 25 which entitles the visitor to one entrance per exhibition in all the Benaki Museum buildings, valid for 3 months

Free admission days:
– Every Thursday only for the permanent exhibition, excluding organised tours and guided group visits of over 5 people
– 18 May (International Museums Day), if the museum is open on that day

Opening hours:
Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 – 00:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Opening hours during the holy week:
Monday: 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00
Friday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00

– 1 January
– 6 January
– 25 March
– Easter Sunday
– Easter Monday
– Clean Monday
– 1 May
– Holy Spirit Day
– 15 August
– 28 October
– 25 December
– 26 December

Benaki Museum Shop:
The shop of the Benaki Museum is very well known for the quality of the products it offers.

Also, its collaboration with Greek designers has given access to an extensive range of outstanding art creations, from decorative items to jewels and more. The works by designers are accompanied by a description in two languages that includes information on the creator, and the technique used.

Reproductions bear seals of authenticity by the Benaki Museum and the collaborating studio so that their quality and identity is certified, and are accompanied by a description of the museum item in two languages, in Greek and in English. These descriptions – written by the curators of the Museum’s exhibitions – include the provenance of the item, the time when it was created and how the original was used.

All items come packaged in special, well-designed packaging.

Opening hours of Benaki Museum of Greek Culture Shop:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-18:00
Thursday: 10:00-22:00
Saturday: 09:00-20:00
Sunday: 10:00-16:00
Tuesday: Closed

Online shop with delivery at your place is also available.

Café-Restaurant of the Museum:
Enjoy your coffee or meal at the café-restaurant of the musem, with a panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lykabettus Hill and the National Gardens

Opening hours of the Café of Benaki Museum of Greek Culture:
Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 – 00:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Photos: by Benaki Museum