Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture

Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture

The Museum of Byzantine Culture was officially founded in 1994 and it is located almost opposite the South Entrance of Thessaloniki’s Exhibition Fair (Helexpo). It runs as an independent regional unit of The Ministry of Culture since 1997.

The idea for its generation comes from 1913, a year after when the city was surrendered by Tahsin Pasha to the Greek army. Initially, there was a suggestion to be hosted in Acheiropoietos Church but it was never implemented. Later on, in 1917 a decision was made to be hosted inside Rotunda and a number of exhibits were transfered there but the space was not enough to host all the exhibits and a great number was sent to the Christian and Byzantine Museum of Athens in order to be well preserved.

The mission of the Museum of Byzantine Culture is to present the way of life during the byzantine and post-byzantine periods (approx. 330 to 1453) including aspects related to: art, ideology, social structure and religion, as well as how historical changes and the political situation were affecting people’s everyday life. To do this, the museum currently holds various permanent collections:

  • Early Christian Period
  • Middle Byzantine Period
  • Late Byzantine Period
  • Post Byzantine Period
  • Discovering the Past and
  • Donated Collection

And in addition hosts periodically temporal collections and organizes educational programmes. The Byzantine Culture Museum is one of the most visited museums of Thessaloniki and it worth the effort and time to be visited by people who love history.

Address: Leoforos Stratou 2, Thessaloniki, Greece
Open Hours: From 1st Nov.-31st March: Monday 10:30-17:00, Tuesday-Sunday: 08:30-15:00. From 1st April-31stOct. Monday: 13:30-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday: 08:00-20:00
Phone: 0030 2310 868570
Website: Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture

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