Wealthy, established European families often have the greatest art collections, and that trend is especially prominent throughout Greece. The Benaki Museum is a prime example of this fact. Antonis Benakis, the son of a politician and business magnate, established the museum in memory of his father in 1930. One year after its inception, the Benakis Family donated the family estate and almost 40,000 Byzantine and Islamic items for display purposes.
Over 9,000 more artifacts were added in the 1970s. However, its re-opening in 2000 incorporated branch museums and allowed the main house - the Benaki mansion, an architectural wonder on its own - to focus on Greek art, culture, and local history. Temporary traveling exhibits keep things fresh and ensure each visit leads to a new discovery.
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