Byzantine Museum, Thessaloniki
The Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki is one of the finest museums in the world devoted to Byzantine art and civilization, rivaled only by the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. Thessaloniki's impressive collection includes many Byzantine and early Christian frescoes, icons and artifacts.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is housed in a modern building designed by architect Kyriakos Krokos and constructed in 1989-93. It opened its doors in 1994. In addition to a public museum, the institution also serves as an important center for the preservation, research and promotion of Byzantine culture. The Museum of Byzantine Culture won the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2005.
What to See
The museum contains an excellent permanent exhibition that is beautifully lit and presented in 11 rooms. About 2,900 objects are presented in chronological order from Late Antiquity (3rd-4th century) to the Fall of Constantinople (1453), with some later artifacts representing the continuation of Byzantine culture included as well.
Objects on display include marble fragments, frescoes, mosaics, icons, liturgical vessels, jewelry, and tools for daily life. Among the highlights are:
The rooms are arranged as follows:
In addition, the Museum of Byzantine Culture hosts regular temporary exhibitions on specific themes relating to Byzantine art and culture. See the museum's official website for the current schedule.
Quick Facts on Byzantine Museum
|Names:||Byzantine Museum; Byzantine Museum, Thessaloniki; Museum of Byzantine Culture|
|Faiths:||Christianity; Eastern Orthodox|
|Feat:||Byzantine Mosaics; Early Christian Artifacts|
|Visitor and Contact Information|
|Address:||2 Stratou Avenue, Thessaloniki, Greece|
|Coordinates:||40.624273° N, 22.955080° E (view on Google Maps)|
|Opening Hours:||Mon: 10:30am-5pm Tue-Sun: 8:30am-3pm Closed Dec 25-26, Jan 1, Mar 25, Orthodox Easter Sunday, May 1.|
|Cost:||Regular fee €4 Reduced fee €2 for EU seniors (+65), non-EU students Free for children (-19), EU students, journalists, guides, soldiers, and for everyone on special free days.|
|Phone:||+30 2310 868 570|
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