– 21km from Astir
Initially established in 1930 by Antonis Benakis, who later donated it to the Greek state, the Museum is now a network of several buildings across Athens showcasing the development of Greek culture. The museum’s exhibitions display highly diverse collections with over 500,000 artworks, four archives, the largest museum library in Greece, as well as rare photographs and documents. Every year, the Benaki Museum hosts numerous temporary exhibitions, cultural events, theater and dance performances, screenings, festivals, concerts, conferences, as well as educational programs.
Namely, the new Benaki Museum on Pireos Street is an impressive multipurpose cultural center covering a total area of 8,200 m2 with a beautiful internal courtyard of 850 m2. Visitors arrive to an inspiring and welcoming environment which dynamically reflects a deep appreciation for culture and the arts. After strolling through the captivating exhibition halls one can browse in the bookshop. You may end up spending the entire day there, because there’s always something going on and the surroundings are extremely welcoming.