The Benaki Museum in Athens © Dimboukas
The Benaki is one of Greece's most famous museums, where visitors can explore Greek culture through artefacts dating from antiquity to present times.
Paleolithic and Neolithic relics, items from the late Roman Empire, and pieces left after centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation are all on display. Greece's struggle for independence in 1821, and the formation of the modern Greek state feature in the more recent content. Visitors should look out for the Museum of Islamic art, temporary exhibitions, as well as restoration and conservation workshops.
The museum's library holds a very valuable and extensive collection on topics relating to its exhibitions. Visitors can't borrow books, though the library is open to the public for onsite use.
Address: 1 Koumbari St. 106 74 Athens
Telephone: +30 21 367 1000
Opening times: Wednesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday and Thursday 10am-12am, Sunday 10am-4pm, closed Monday and Tuesday and for several holidays - check the website for details.
Admission: €9 (permanent collection), €7 (temporary exhibitions), free admission on Thursdays, concessions available.