If, heaven forfend, you have time to visit only one museum during your stay in Athen make sure it is this stunner. Benaki’s ridiculously diverse collection covers basically the entire span of Greek culture, geography and history and you’ll need to carve out a serious block of time to see it all. Many of the ancient items hear are rare or unusual and most are remarkably well preserved. Some of my favorite objects were the 17th century (downright modern by Greek standards) maps with their doodles of fierce looking folks inhabiting the edges of the Greek realm. Also make sure not to miss the superb icon collection, it is second to none..