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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Cristina Trifan (53 days ago)
A lot of byzantine treasures that you must see if you are interested in history and culture. There may be a stiff air in some rooms( rooms 1-4), like an allergy. To me it was really nice.
Khoa Le (2 months ago)
First thing first, it is a great museum with permanent exhibitions regarding the Byzantine culture formally existing in Greece. Luckily we were here by chance for the once-in-lifetime experience—Orthodox Easter—one week after that of Germany. We didn‘t know that national holidays museums are open for public free-of-charge and we already purchased the day pass for 4 museums previously. We did not know that on national holidays they are open until 15:30. We arrived around 15:00 and were told to have 35mins for the exhibition. We tried our best to make it. At that time in the exhibition number 5, there was a senior museum staff who told us to hurry because there were 11 rooms in total. It gave us an uncomfortable feeling because we wanted to know about the culture and the staff made us feel unwelcome. At the end, around 15:40, as we could not see and read carefully that much in the rest 6 rooms, I wanted to visit the museum shop to purchase some books to read afterwards as I am so much interested in history and work in tourism and attraction industry. The same madam came to us and pointed the finger on her watch to indicate the time was over and we had to leave. I would not have written this constructive comment if it had not been for her act of indication of asking visitors to leave (if not the security’s responsibility) at the near end of closing time. I am deeply aware of the closing time for staff to go home and their preparation for the evening ceremony of the resurrection of Christ in Orthodox Easter. It is unacceptable to do like this on this occasion to their visitors. However, the museum shop staff took the stage and excused us for such inconvenience and gave us some good advice to experience the Orthodox Easter celebration.
Antonija Perkovic Prpa (5 months ago)
Loved it! It's one of the best museums I have ever been, and i have been to many, in over 70 countries. Helpfull employees, amazing building itself, and above all, first class collection and the presentation of it. Enjoyed every minute.
Foti Kara (11 months ago)
Fantastic museum! Very well layed out and very informative. Nice gift shop, restaurant and comfortably cool.
R Max Báez (12 months ago)
What a place! This is the place to learn about the Byzantine history. The museum is a must for all tourist intrested in history. Thesoloniki is rich in history and the arts. Experience it here. The staff is incredibly courteous and you can get experience history right before your eyes. The artifacts and architecture elements stand right before you. The painting are ancient and the religious regalia is stunningly beautiful. This is a must see for everyone. Enjoy!
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