The City has more than 15 museums, some well known and some not so much. It also has many open spaces of historical interest like old churches and open archeological spaces. Depending on how much time you have, and what your interests are, you should plan your visits.
Last winter, I attended a class on the Museums of Thessaloniki at the Open University of the City. I really enjoyed it, since I learned a lot of things about the city I live, which actually not a lot of people know about !
Here you will find the website links of all the museums along with some short info, and in time I will make special posts about each one.
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is a space of culture and learning, open for everyone and is the first museum you should visit. Immense yourself in the stories that it has to tell you, see and listen to how an object can “make” history and enjoy all that a modern museum can offer: educational programs, exhibitions of ancient and modern culture, workshops, academic talks, seminars and recreational activities. Visit the website for opening hours and info on temporary exhibitions. Apart from a great website, you will also find videos, mobile apps and social media.
Museum of the Ancient Roman Market is a “secret” museum dedicated to the history of Thessaloniki. It is a subsidiary of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and is housed in a hard to find building inside the Ancient Roman Market in Aristotelous Square.
Museum of Byzantine Culture is one of the relatively new museums of the city, housed in an award winning building, with modern infrastructure.
Museum of White Tower is a subsidiary of the Museum of Byzantine Culture
State Museum of Modern Art is housed in two venues, the main one is Stavroupoli a bit off the city centre, and a smaller one inside the port.
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art has a very interesting history behind it and also a very interesting collection with many special exhibitions throughout the year.
Teloglion Foundation of Art has housed many important exhibitions in the last few years like Picasso, Miro, Toulouse Lautrec and many more.
Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace explores and studies the traditional culture of recent times in the region of northern Greece. It hosts a collection of 20,000 items of all kinds – associated with agriculture, livestock breeding, fishing, as well as crafts such as weaving, sewing, embroidery, metalwork, carpentry and ceramics. These are artefacts which served man’s basic needs for food, housing and clothing, as well as other items playing a part in his social and spiritual life.
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honour the rich and creative Sephardic heritage as it evolved in the city after the 15th century.
The Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki is one of my personal favourites because it hosts regular photography exhibitions, is located in a great building inside the port and has a cafe with a great view !
Thessaloniki Cinema Museum in another museum located in the port of Thessaloniki in the area where the film festivals are hosted.
Museum for the Macedonian Struggle is a small museum in the hear of the city behind the Church of Metropolis
Thessaloniki Olympic Museum also known as Sports Museum is another relatively new museum in the city, aiming to conserve the sport heritage and to promote the cultural side of sports.
The Science Center and Technology Museum “NOESIS” is really unique. It is a welfare, non-profit cultural and educational foundation that promotes Technology, Culture and creates an appropriate environment for informing the public of the latest developments in Science and Technology. It operates in a privately-owned, brand-new 15,000 sq.m. building, located at Thermi area, whose design refers to the lever of Archimedes. The brand name of the Center intends to emphasize the connection between its operation and human intellect (noesis).
War Museum of Thessaloniki is dedicated to the modern history of Thessaloniki. It is located in the center of the city, a short distance from the Archaeological and Byzantine museums.
Thessaloniki Water Supply Museum is one of the lesser known museums of the city, located on the west entrance of the city, in a wonderful 1890 building, which was the former Central Pumping Station.
Thessaloniki Rail Museum is another one of the lesser known museums dedicated to rail history in Greece.
For more information on any of the above, have a look at the official Greek Museums website.