A manganese(II) complex of the type, [MnL(pic)(2)]·H(2)O, was obtained by the reaction of the V-shaped ligand bis(N-benzylbenzimidazol-2-ylmethyl)benzylamine (L) with Mn(pic)(2) (pic=picrate). The ligand L and Mn(II) complex were confirmed on the basis of elemental analysis, molarconductivities, (1)H NMR, IR, UV-vis spectra and X-ray crystallography. Single-crystal X-ray revealed that central Mn(II) atom is seven-coordinate with a MnN(3)O(4) environment, in which ligand L acts as a tridentate N-donor. The remaining coordination sites were occupied by four O atoms afforded by two picrate anion. Interaction of the free ligand L and Mn(II) complex with DNA were investigated by spectrophotometric methods and viscosity measurements. The results suggested that both ligand L and Mn(II) complex bind to DNA in an intercalative binding mode, and DNA-binding affinity of the Mn(II) complex is stronger than that of ligand L. Moreover, antioxidant assay in vitro shows the Mn(II) complex possesses significant antioxidant activities.