Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum, established and endowed in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis is housed in the Benakis family mansion in Athens.

The museum houses Greek works of art from the prehistorical to the modern times, an extensive collection of Asian art, hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop. Although the museum initially housed a collection that included Islamic art, Chinese porcelain and exhibits on toys, its 2000 re-opening led to the creation of satellite museums that focused on specific collections, allowing the main museum to focus on Greek culture over the span of the country’s history.

The museum’s primary home is in the Benakis’ house opposite the National Garden on Queen Sofias Avenue and owes its existence to the generosity of Antonis Benakis, whose family lived in Alexandria, Egypt.In 1931, the Benakis donated the family’s house in Athens and their collection of more than 37,000 Islamic and Byzantine objects. More than 9,000 artefacts were added by the 1970s, which spurred donations from other sources. Benakis remained active in the museum until his death in 1954.

Private Walking Tour: Benaki Museum

Visit Greece’s finest private museum on this 3-hour private walking tour from Athens. The museum contains the vast collection of Antonis Benakis, accumulated during 35 years of avid collecting in Europe and Asia. Syntagma Metro station, where your tour begins contains many archaeological exhibits including ancient grave stones, an aqueduct from the 5th century BC, pottery, a 2000 year old beehive and a mosaic from the 5th century AD. The collection housed in one of the best-preserved neoclassical buildings of Athens spans three floors and includes Bronze Age finds from Mycenae and Thessaly.

The Benaki Museum consist by 7 buildings, closed to each other. Find the list of the buildings below:

  • MAIN BUILDING
  • BUILDING AT 138 PIREOS STREET
  • KERAMEIKOS BUILDING COMPLEX
  • DELTA HOUSE
  • KOULOURA HOUSE
  • NIKOS HADJIKYRIAKOS – GHIKA GALLERY
  • YANNIS PAPPAS STUDIO
  • MENTIS

Prices

Main Building

Full admission : € 7 Temporary Exhibition: € 5

Reduced admission
Full admission : € 5
Temporary Exhibition : € 3

Journalists : € 1

Free admission

Every Thursday (from 15/07/2013 to 15/07/2014) except guided groups and the International Museum Day (May 18th)

Pireos St. Annexe

Full admission : € 4 to € 6
Unified ticket : 20% discount on the total admission cost of the exhibitions on the day of the visit

Reduced admission

Full admission : € 2 to € 3
Unified ticket : 20% discount on the total admission cost of the exhibitions on the day of the visit

Journalists : € 1

Free admission

Every Thursday (from 15/07/2013 to 15/07/2014) except guided groups

Museum of Islamic Art

Full admission : € 7

Reduced admission : € 5

Journalists : € 1

Free admission

Every Thursday (from 15/07/2013 to 15/07/2014) except guided groups and the International Museum Day (May 18th)

N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery

Full admission : € 7

Reduced admission : € 5

Journalists : € 1

Free admission

Every Thursday (from 15/07/2013 to 15/07/2014) except guided groups and the International Museum Day (May 18th)

Yannis Pappas Studio

Free admission
Mentis
Free admission

Directions

Main Building & N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery

BUSES 022, 060, 200, 203, 204, 211, 214, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 231, 235, 408, 419, 601, 603, 622, 815, Α5, Γ5, Ε5Θ, Ε6, Ε7
TROLLEY-BUSES 3, 7, 8, 13

METRO lines 2, 3 (SYNTAGMA & EVAGELISMOS stations)

Pireos St. Annexe

BUSES 815, 049, 914, 838, Β18, Γ18

TROLLEY-BUSES 21

METRO line 3 (KERAMIKOS station)

RAIL PETRALONA Station

Museum of Islamic Art

BUSES 026, 027, 031, 035, 049, 731, 811, 812, 815, 820, 836, 838, 839, 851, 856, 865, 914, Α16, Β18, Γ16, Ε63

TROLLEY-BUSES 21

METRO line 3 (MONASTIRAKI station)

RAIL THESEION station

Historical Archives

BUSES Α7, Β7, 503,507, 58, 509, 535, 536, 560 (bus stop KANARI) – 523, 525, 543 (3rd bus stop Ν. KIFISIAS)
RAIL KIFISIA station

Yannis Pappas Studio

BUSES 235, 608

“FILIPPOS ELIOU” Bibliology Workshop

BUSES 022, 046, 060, 024, 054, 057, 608, 622, 732, 790, 813, 815, 856, 601, Α5, Γ5, Ε6, Ε7

TROLLEY-BUSES 3, 7, 8, 13

METRO lines 2, 3 (PANEPISTIMIO & OMONIA stations)

Mentis

BUSES 035, 049, 227, 500, 815, 838, 914, Β18, Γ18 TROLLEY-BUSES 21

METRO line 3 (KERAMIKOS station)

RAIL PETRALONA Station

Facilities

There are cafe-restaurants in the Main Building and the Pireos Street Building that are open when the corresponding exhibition areas are open.

The Main Building dining area is located on the second floor and extends out to the terrace of the Neoclassical building, from which there is a panoramic view of the Acropolis, Lykabettus Hill and the National Gardens.

Every Thursday the museum is open until midnight, allowing guests to experience dining in an elegant ambiance.

At number 138 of the oldest street connecting Athens to Piraeus, the Pireos Street Building houses a modern and simultaneously simple cafe-restaurant on its ground floor that offers interesting gastronomic selections.

The cafe-restaurant opens onto the interior atrium, while at the same time providing a visual link to the modern city’s movement and rhythm.

Opening Hours

Main Building

Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 – 17:00
Thursday, Saturday: 9.00 – 24.00
Sunday: 9:00 – 15:00

HOLY WEEK:
Wednesday: 9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 09.00 – 17.00 (only The Shop)
Thursday: 9:00 – 24:00
Friday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 15:00

Closed on Monday, Tuesday and the following holidays:

March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

The Shop is open during the opening hours of the Museum and on Monday, too.

The Café – Restaurant is open during the opening hours of the Museum.

Pireos St. Annexe

Thursday, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
HOLY WEEK:
Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00

Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Also closed in August.*
The Shop and the Snack bar-Restaurant are open during the opening hours of the Museum.

Museum of Islamic Art

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 – 17:00

HOLY WEEK:
Thursday 10:00 -18:00
Friday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00

Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the following holidays:
March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

The Shop is open during the opening hours of the Museum.

N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
HOLY WEEK:
Monday, Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday: 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00

Closed on Monday, Tuesday and the following holidays:

March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Also closed in August.

The Shop is open:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00-19:00
Wednesday, Saturday: 10:00-15:00

Historical Archives

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 15:00

Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the following holidays: March 25th,
May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day,
New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Yannis Pappas Studio

Tuesday, Friday and Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00

Closed on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Photografic Archives

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 15:00 (upon request)

Closed on the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Neohellenic Architectural Archives

Wednesday – Thursday: 10:00 – 14:00 (upon request)

Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Library

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 15:00

Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

Filippos Eliou Bibliology Workshop

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 14:00 (upon request)

Closed on the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day

Mentis

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 15:00

Closed on Sunday, Monday and the following holidays:
March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.

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