A museum for both children and adults. A museum you want to enter just to remember, to relive those childhood moments, to learn, to absorb fresh impressions, to smile with wonder and joy. A museum until now missing from the grand constellation of museums in Athens – but which the Benaki Museum has now made reality: the Museum of Toys, which opened its doors to the public on October 26 and which now constitutes a new and delightfully different cultural portal.
The building and the exhibits
In a splendid building circa 1897 -1900, donated by Vera Kouloura in memory of her husband the Hydriot shipowner Athanasios Koulouras, is displayed the toy collection of Maria Argyriadi, one of the ten largest toy collections in Europe, featuring children’s toys, clothes, miscellaneous objects and books from Asia, America, Europe and Africa.
The Museum is open every Thursday through Sunday and is wheelchair accessible.