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Benaki Museum (central building)

The central Benaki Museum is housed in a neoclassical building and has a rightful place among the elite of the capital’s museums.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1910 It was bought by Emmanuel Benakis.

    1930 A new wing was added on the side of Vasilissis Sofias Avenue.

    1965 First extension.

    1968 The second extension started, which was completed in 1973.

    1989 The erection of the new wing started, which was completed in 1997.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Although it is not as well known as other museums in Athens, the Benaki Museum has a rightful place among the elite of the capital’s museums. It showcases a timeline of the history of Hellenism with exhibits arranged by period, from prehistoric times to modern and contemporary history. Its lay-out gives visitors the opportunity to become familiar with the timeless character of Greek Civilisation. The building is a neoclassical mansion. It was originally the house of Panagis Charokopos. The original form of the structure has not been preserved as it was radically changed when it was purchased by Emmanuel Benakis, to a neo–antique style. The facades of the building that we see today  are divided into three zones (base, core and crowning) and the southern façade has a portico with Doric columns. Only the shell was preserved from this building. The interior has undergone sweeping changes.

What I can't see

Apart from the main building, the Benaki Museum has six branches that showcase different cultural themes. The museums include 47,388 items, more than 1000 historical records, 217,515 photo negatives, 16,499 original prints, 32 archival architectural units of modern Greek architecture and 160,000 books from the 15th to the 20th century (main building). The museum also supports research on a variety of fields (humanities, technology, art conservation).




Archaeology of the city of Athens, (d.u.), Μουσείο Μπενάκη, [Benakis Museum], ΕΙΕ

Last visit 26/9/2013

Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing thecity guidedby history andliterature], ESTIA Bookstore

Zivas D.A.., (2012), Αρχιτεκτονικός Οδηγός Αθηνών, [Architectural Guide of Athens], Cultural Foundation of Pireos Group
Mitropoulou K., (d.u.), Αθήνα, μνήμες και κτήρια, [Athens, memories and buildings], Athens: Sideris Publications

Benakis Museum, (d.u.), Το μουσείο, [The museum]

Last visit 26/9/2013

Technical Chamber of Greece, (2000), Athens, London, Paris, TCG,

Last visit 30/3/2021