Museum of Islamic Art: works of all local variations in the world

In this building of Benaki Museum is housed one of the most important collections of Islamic art in the world, including examples of all its local variations from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily and Spain.
Islamic art Museum
Average Cost: 9€ (Reduced: 7€)

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.

The collection demonstrates the evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century. It includes more than 8,000 works of art: ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion.

The Museum of Islamic Art is housed in a neo-classical building complex in Kerameikos, donated to Benaki Museum.

Admission: 9€
Reduced admission: 7€ 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 ticket: 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:
18 May (International Museums Day), if the museum is open on that day.

Opening hours:
Thursday-Sunday:  10:00 – 18:00
Monday – Wednesday: Closed

– 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 Shop – Museum of Islamic Art:
During the opening hours of the Museum.

Online shop with delivery at your place is also available.

Café of the Museum:
The Museum of Islamic Art has a beautiful cafe, painted by Navine G. Khan-Dossos, who found inspiration in the palm trees of Athens. From the tables palced on the terrace you will enjoy an amazing view, from Acropolis to the sea.

Opening hours of the Cafe of the Museum of Islamic Art:
During the opening hours of the Museum. From early June to late September the cafe is open also on Saturday from 10:00 to 23:00.

Photos: by the Museum of Islamic Art