The holdings of the Benaki Toy Museum originate from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and are based on the renowned collection of Maria Argyriadi. Greek items associated with childhood date from antiquity to modern times. The European collection includes urban and folk toys as well as dolls in Greek costume.
The Benaki Museum, founded by Antonis Benakis in 1930, is among the most extensive and innovative museum organizations in Europe. Diverse cultures from all historical periods meet contemporary art movements across a network of venues all over Athens – and beyond.