The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki invites you to an exciting journey to the past of the charming capital of the North. History magically unfolds in the museum halls revealing precious treasures made of gold, unique works of art and everyday objects from prehistory to late antiquity. Follow its track…
Take a deep breath and dive into the past, as the Museum's tour begins from the lower level, with the exhibition "5000, 15000, 200000 years ago". The exhibition deals with every day life in prehistoric times. Observe the first creations of the prehistoric man, its first vessels (which include a baby bottle), tools and jewellery and learn everything about the prehistoric household thanks to an audiovisual installation.
Highlights: The mould of "macedonian ouranopithikos" skull parts and a copy of the famous skull of Petralona from 200,000 BC!
Tip: Do you need more information on the exhibits? Don't hesitate to open the little drawers beneath the displays with additional information for enthusiastic Prehistory lovers!
Discover the findings of the first settlements of the Iron Age in the region which expands from Mt. Athos to Mt. Olympus and follow the course from the early efforts of urban planning to the genesis of the ancient cities.
Get to know all about the economy, politics, social organization, religion, art and everyday life of the inhabitants of the ancient Macedonia from the Archaic Period to the Roman Times.
Highlight: The funerary stele of a girl with dove from Nea Kallikratia in Chalkidiki, is a true masterpiece of classical art. The expression of grief on the girl’s face will move your heart...
Tip: Listen to an ancient melody thanks to the transcription of the musical symbols found on an inscription of the 3rd century. B.C. from Vrasna, Thessaloniki!
Wander around the Roman monuments of the city and get familiar with the people who had a key role on its history: Cassandros' wife, Thessaloniki who gave her name to the city, Alexander the Great and all the Roman emperors who left their mark on the city!
Highlight: The magnificent Mosaic floor depicting Ariadne on Naxos from the 3rd century A.D. and the elegant bird-shape perfume vases made of colourful glass.
Tip: Observe the majestic statue of Octavianus Augustus, a characteristic sample of the "imperial propaganda" which depicts the emperor as a young handsome man. The portrait resembles more an Olympian God than the true image of the emperor.
Discover the museum's open air exhibition: Take a walk among the funeral monuments, the sarcophagus and altars found in the western and eastern cemetery of the ancient city of Thessaloniki and visit the representation of a Roman residence with its original mosaic floors.
Visit the museum's most impressive exhibition with the largest collection of golden Macedonian crowns in the world! Discover those elaborated, full of grace and delicate silversmith works of art and reveal the secrets of their owners!
Highlights: Although the exhibition is dedicated to gold artifacts, the most famous exhibit is the bronze Derveni krater which depicts the sacred marriage of Dionysus and Ariadne, a unique inspiration of the krater's artist. Don't let the golden colour of the vessel deceive you! It is made of cooper and tin and there is no trace of gold in the alloy!
Tip: Did you know that when gold remains buried in the soil for thousands of years, its karats increase? This is one of the reasons why the gold of the exhibits has 24 carats.
Touch or (even blow) the interactive screens of the exhibition and experience a fascinating journey through time and space from the fragments of the past to the pixel of the digital era. Get a small taste!
In the heart of the city (6, Manoli Adronikou str.) in a historic building of the architect Patroklos Karandinos, one of the most characteristic monuments of modernism in Greece. The museum is located only 10 min away from Aristotelous Square, but if you wish to visit it by bus you can use the bus lines No 7, 10, 11, 12, 31, 39, 58 or the "cultural route" No 50.
After you finish your visit, enjoy your coffee under the plane trees shade at the museum's café, next to the patio of the sculptures!