The Benaki Toy Museum, on Posidonos Avenue and Tritonos Street in Palaio Faliro, opened to the public in 2017. Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is among the most important ones in Europe, include toys, books, publications, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
The Greek collection features toys and other items for infants and children dating from antiquity to modern times: handmade traditional toys, fairground and commercially-produced toys, board games and customary toys. A special display showcases toys made by members of Open Care Centers for elderly people based on memories from their childhood.
The European collection includes urban and folk toys between the 18th and 20th centuries, mostly from England, France and Germany, as well as European-made dolls dressed in traditional costume from various areas of Greece.
The Benaki Toy Museum is housed in an eclectic-style building –the building’s architecture combines Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau elements– dating from 1897–1900. It was donated by Vera Kouloura in accordance with the wishes of her husband, Captain Athanasios Koulouras, a benefactor from the island of Hydra. .
A specialist library open to all interested parties includes 3000 books and studies relating to children and toys, archival sources, photographs, information about Greek manufacturers, and works on children's literature and education, as well as general reference works.