22 Vasilissis Sofias.
Tue-Sun 09:00-16:00, Mon closed / Admission €4
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency include –but not limited to– religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness. Located near the upmarket area of Kolonaki, the main museum building resembles a Tuscan villa set in a beautiful enclosed courtyard away from the busy main road of Vasilissis Sofias. It’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and you can easily picture yourself sitting in the nearby coffee shop with a good book. The building was built in 1948 in the Tuscan Renaissance style and is an architectural rarity in Athens.
The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from the period between the 3rd and 20th centuries AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions where Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.
22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St.
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00-18:00, Mon, Tues, Wed closed / Admission €9
The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. Major archaeological sites located in the same area include the grounds of the ancient Agora (currently undergoing development), the Doric temple of Hephaestus (the “
Special tours by the curator of the Benaki Museum Islamic collection, who introduces visitors into the world of Islamic culture. The tours run on the first Wednesday of the month.
INFORMATION-RESERVATIONS: Mon–Thu 10:00-15:00, tel: 210 3251 314
4 Neophytou Douka.
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00-17:00, Thu 10:00-20:00, Sun 11:00-17:00 / Admission €7
The Museum of Cycladic Art houses one of the most complete private collections of Cycladic art worldwide, with representative examples of figurines and vases, tools, weapons, and pottery from all phases of the distinctive Cycladic island culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age (third millennium BC). Marble carving is the most characteristic product of Cycladic culture, and the abstract forms of its figurines have influenced several twentieth and
Although Cycladic marble figurines and vases appeal to the modern viewer for their almost translucent whiteness, their creators loved
138 Pireos & Andronikou St.
Thu, Sun 10:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-22:00, Mon, Tue and Wed closed. Also closed in August / Admission €6-8
The new Benaki Museum building is located at 138 Pireos Street, one of the central development axes of Athens. The existing building, which is organized around a central courtyard, is already being refurbished, thanks to co-funding by the Ministry of Culture and the European Union. The new building covers a total area of 8,200 m2 with underground areas of 2,800 m2 and an internal courtyard of 850 m2. The exhibition halls span 3,000 m2. There is an
The Benaki Museum’s Photographic Archives Department was established in 1973 to collect, preserve and document photographs of Early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture. Since then the Department’s original scope has gradually been extended to cover images of Greece and its culture, as well as its history and contemporary society. The Modern Greek Architecture Archives (M.G.A.A.) of the Benaki Museum were founded in April 1995. Their objective is to collect all the diverse material (drawings, notes, publications, photographs, models etc.) related to the architecture and urban design of the neohellenic state, from its establishment in 1828 until today. All this material is recorded and classified in order to make it accessible to researchers.
4 Pindarou & Akadimias St.
Every day 09:00-17:00 (winter), 09:00-20:00 (summer) / Admission €5
Renowned and without doubt unrivalled to this day, is the contribution of the ancient Greeks to the field of Philosophy and
The exhibits are accompanied by rich audio-visual material (in Greek and English), such as explanatory labels and giant posters with a lot of information, detailed diagrams, photos and complete bibliographical references, while many of the exhibits are interactive. There are projecting stations with video and animation as well as documentaries in which the exhibitor explains the function and the use of the mechanisms.