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Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki | Unearthing Macedonian History and Ancient Treasures

Updated: Mar 14

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George Papadellis | SG Head

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The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki was built in 1962, displaying initially the findings of the Vergina excavation and later artifacts of Thessaloniki and Macedonia from the prehistoric, the archaic, the classical, the Hellenistic and the roman periods. The museum is housed in a modern building that was designed by architect Patroklos Karantinos and is set in a beautiful garden with stunning views of the city.


Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Exhibits at the Museum

The museum's exhibits are organized thematically, with displays highlighting the city's ancient past, religion, and daily life. One of the most significant collections in the museum is the collection of artifacts from the ancient city of Thessaloniki, which was once an important commercial and cultural center in Greece. Visitors can explore the city's ancient past through stunning mosaics, intricate sculptures, and exquisite pottery. In addition to the artifacts from Thessaloniki, the museum also has an extensive collection of ancient Greek and Roman art. Visitors can see stunning sculptures of famous figures like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, as well as everyday objects like vases and pottery. The museum also has a collection of Byzantine art, including religious icons and intricate jewelry.


Fragments of a marble sarcophagus depicting the Caledonian boar-hunt

Fragments of a marble sarcophagus depicting the Caledonian boar-hunt | Photo by: Herbert Frank from Wien (Vienna), AT, Archäologisches Museum Thessaloniki (Archeologiko Mouseio Thessalonikis) (32887852697), CC BY 2.0


Museum of Thessaloniki Sections

The central section of the museum holds exhibits from excavations in Thessaloniki and Macedonia, specifically the collection of Archaic to Late Roman sculptures, architectural members from an Ionic temple of the 6th century BC, exhibits from the excavations in the palace complex built by Galerius in the Thessaloniki city center, a reconstruction of the facade of the Macedonian tomb in Agia Paraskevi, and finds (mainly gold artefacts) of the Archaic and Classical periods from the Sindos cemetery. The museum’s new wing hosts the exhibition of the Gold of Macedon and the Thessaloniki Area in Prehistory. These include artefacts from prehistoric settlements of the Neolithic and Early and Late Bronze Age, and artefacts from the cemeteries of Derveni, Makrygialos, Lete, Evropos, Serres, Sindos, Agia Paraskevi, Nea Filadelfia. Notable exhibits are the Head of Serapis (100-200 BC), the Statue of Harpocrates (100-200 AD), a Marble Door of the Macedonia Tomb of Agia Paraskevi, the Bronze Helmet and Gold Mask of the Cemetery of Sindos (590-600 BC), the Derveni Krater.



Exploring the Museum

Visitors to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki can explore the exhibits at their leisure, taking as much time as they need to appreciate the artifacts on display. The museum also offers guided tours in several languages, which provide a more in-depth look at the exhibits and the history behind them. After exploring the museum, visitors can take a stroll through the beautiful garden surrounding the building, which offers stunning views of the city. The garden is also home to several sculptures and statues that visitors can admire.


Macedonian Coins in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

Macedonian Coins in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki | Photo by: Carole Raddato from Frankfurt, Germany, Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece (7457766802), CC BY-SA 2.0


A Rich Macedonia to Explore

The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine history. With its well-curated collection and insightful displays, visitors can explore the rich history of Macedonia and gain a better understanding of its cultural heritage. Whether you're a history buff or a culture enthusiast, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is an unforgettable experience that you won't want to miss.


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

It is a real gem! I have visited most major museums in Europe and I can say that it is one of the best archaeological museums!!! Great exhibits and very simple and instructive way of displaying findings!!!

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