Greek Culture at the Benaki Museum

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Every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to midnight, visitors can explore the Benaki Museum for free. On the other six days of the week, admission is €6 per person—still quite a bargain. The Benaki Museum also offers several discounts on admission. Check the museum’s site for details.

The Benaki Museum is also a wonderful place to take kids, especially if you buy them Eleni Geroulanou’s book, “The Alphabet Book of the Benaki Museum” which is sold for €15 in the museum store. Written in Greek, it highlights objects on display in the Benaki Museum beginning with each letter of the Greek alphabet. The fun part is exploring the museum in search of each item—a brilliant and exciting treasure hunt for all ages!

The current temporary exhibit, (English title: “The Journey: The Greek American Dream“) runs through Sunday, February 25, 2007.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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