Museums of Thessaloniki
On holiday in Thessaloniki you might be pleasantly surprised by the offer in terms of museums. Starting with the Archaeological Museum, one of the most important in all of Greece!
It stands in a real “quadrilateral of Culture”, which includes the War Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the MOMus, all located a short distance from each other.
The offer of the Museums of Thessaloniki expands with the presence of other minor cultural centers that would be really impossible to visit during a few days’ vacation.
Here are the main places of Thessaloniki culture not to be missed on a short vacation.
THE MAIN MUSEUMS OF THESSALONIKI
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The Museum is located in Manoli Andronikou 6, off the Alexander Park and the famous Statue.
The Archaeological Museum offers a wonderful journey into the history of the country and Macedonia, a landmark of Northern Greece with extraordinary archaeological finds dating back to prehistoric times. And truly unique masterpieces of ancient Greek art.
You will be able to admire its unique collections of ancient artifacts, and its rich and extroverted cultural activities.
It also often hosts interesting temporary exhibits in addition to the splendid permanent exhibits.
On holiday in Thessaloniki, we recommend not to miss a visit to this splendid place of art, located in the center.
Open every day, including holidays, from 08:30 to 15:30.
The standard rate entrance ticket costs €8 (reduced, €4). A special combined ticket is also available, including access to the Rotunda, the White Tower Museum and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. It costs €15 per person and is valid for 3 days from the first use.
MUSEUM OF BYZANTINE CULTURE
It is located within walking distance of the Archaeological Museum, between the Town Hall and the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen. It was officially opened in 1994 and features 11 permanent exhibitions with works from the 2nd to the 20th century.
Admire sculptures, sacred icons, jewels, coins, seals and artifacts. Most of the objects come from Thessaloniki and Macedonia, from churches, private homes and cemeteries.
The most valuable works are rare fabrics from the early Byzantine period, mosaics and iconic paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Without a doubt among the museums of Thessaloniki not to be missed.
Observe the same hours of the Archaeological Museum. Also in this case it is possible to enter with the special combined ticket of €15.
OTHER MUSEUMS OF THESSALONIKI
The MOMus (Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki) is an interesting museum of contemporary art, born from the merger of 4 cultural centers of Thessaloniki. It includes the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Thessaloniki Center for Contemporary Art
The War Museum is housed in a building designed by the Italian Poselli in the early 1900s. From 1912, the Greek army established its military units there until it was decided to set up a museum. It was officially inaugurated in 2000, as a branch of the most important war museum in Athens.
It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost €6.00 at standard rate and €3.00 reduced (children under 18, over 65).