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Macedonian Museum of Modern Art
The Macedonian Museum of Modern Art is located inside Thessaloniki’s exhibition center (Helexpo) close to its South entrance. The museum emerged as a thought, following the a major earthquake that happened in Thessaloniki in 1978 which at its passage damaged various archeological and historical monuments. In 1978 the museum was established with its first entity by a private initiative. For many years it was hosted in various venues and was getting financial aid and collection contributions from people who love modern art and love art in general. In May of 1991 , and after many attempts of finding a permanent home for the museum, the museum found its home in the pavillion of the D.E.I. (Greece’s public power corporation) in Thessaloniki’s International Fair (Helexpo). As the years were passing and the museum gained more popularity the space inside the pavilion of D.E.I. was no longer enough to house it and a decision was taken the pavillion to extended and be formed appropriately to host only the needs of the museum. The expansion took place in 1992 and inaugurated the museum on site that is until today . In 1994 the administrative establishment of the museum changed and took the form that it has today being directed by the Ministry of Culture. Since then there have been many more expansions and renovations of the building to accommodate the activity of the museum which become more and more popular.
The Macedonian museum of modern art houses today paintings and exhibits of many Greek and foreign artists. It has various spaces which are used either for the museum’s permanent exhibition or for temporal hosted exhibitions. Inside the museum the visitor can also find a library which is open to the public, artists and students, with books related with the topic of art plus a shop that sells small artistic objects and a cafe. The museum also participates and organizes various educational events and additional to this hosts some of Thessaloniki’s cultural festivals. It is a very beautiful museum that should not be missed when visiting Thessaloniki.
Address: Egnatia 154, 54636 Thessaloniki, Greece Open Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-18:00, Wednesday: 10:00-22:00, Sunday: 11:00-15:00 Phone: 0030 2310240002 Website:Thessaloniki Macedonian Museum of Modern Art
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