Benaki Museum#8 in Best Things To Do in Athens
The Benaki Museum focuses on Greek art, from prehistory to the modern age. Its campus features several contemporary and historic buildings that house everything from Islamic art to art studios affiliated with Yannis Pappas and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, two well-known Greek artists. Facilities like restrooms, restaurants, gift shops and a library are available as well.
Art enthusiasts love visiting this museum's collections and highly recommend arriving on a Thursday when entrance fees are waived for permanent exhibits. Free admissions are also offered at the Yannis Pappas Studio and the MENTIS workshop, where visitors can see how costumes, military uniforms and more were made for centuries. The only negative, for some, is the museum's abundance of exhibits, which tend to be repetitive at times and are tough to squeeze into one visit.
The Benaki Museum's Main Building is situated two blocks away from the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens' Museum Mile area. No parking is offered here, so visitors will need to hail a taxi or use the bus or metro to reach the property. The closest metro stations are Syntagma and Evangelismos.
The museum's hours vary by building, but the Main Building is accessible Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. or midnight. For travelers who don't visit on a Thursday, an entrance fee of 7 or 9 euros (between $7 and $10) applies. Visitors can also purchase an upgraded ticket for 20 euros (less than $22), which includes one entry to every exhibit in all of the property's buildings within a three-month period. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 Acropolis Museum
As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens' Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artifacts.
Many previous travelers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they'd ever visited, citing the property's displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis' ruins. Another plus: the museum's design. Several visitors raved about the attraction's construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building.
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