Museum of Byzantine Culture

Thessaloniki, Greece

The Museum of Byzantine Culture was opened in 1994. It was established with the aim of creating a centre in which aspects of Byzantine culture surviving in Macedonia in general and Thessaloniki in particular may be kept, researched, and studied.

The museum has collections of sculpture, frescoes, mosaics, icons, and inscriptions from the Byzantine period. It has permanent exhibitions, rooms for temporary thematic exhibitions, conservation workshops, and storerooms. The exhibits include sculptures, wall paintings, mosaic floors, icons, metalwork, coins, inscriptions, glassware, and pottery.

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Founded: 1994
Category: Museums in Greece

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Ioanna Iliadou (2 months ago)
Amazing museum that offers all the wealth of the Byzantine era. Highly recommended
Shemeck Romanowski (4 months ago)
A very interesting place. Although at times might have felt boring, while looking into a few details, it gave a good flavour of the Byzantine culture. One observation: I understand that all items in the museum are priceless, but staff could be a little bit more discreet when following the guests as often their presence can be strongly felt and could be intimidating.
Ilir Terova (4 months ago)
The best Museum!
Pierre Schwarz (5 months ago)
Very good
Lucas Zipporah Rötheli (6 months ago)
Interesting museum but the staff ruined it for me. It says ‘child friendly’ on the website but was anything but. We were a group of 12 people and literally the only visitors in the whole museum. We were very careful to not let our son go near anything that could break but were told by staff he was not even allowed to touch the glass vitrines. They were sometimes shushing him when he got a bit louder. I get that you shouldn’t yell in a museum but as I said we were the ONLY PEOPLE there and for a ‘child friendly’ museum I expected more. We constantly felt watched and observed, one staff suggested I put my son in the stroller so he could look at things from there. Great advice! Wouldn’t come again, especially not with children.
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