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Using archaeological material, Gallery 6 showcases castles, fortified settlements, and the defence system of the Byzantine era. Visitors can also learn about the organization of a castle, everyday life and activities in and outside the castle walls.
Mosaics were a significant art form during the Byzantine era. Among its exhibits, the Museum of Byzantine Culture houses a rare fragment of a wall mosaic from the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which dates back to the mid-5th century AD.
Galleries 1 and 2 showcase the Early Christian Church and life during the Early Christian period. One of the most prominent exhibits is a 4th-century AD silver reliquary with themes from the Old and New Testament as reliefs on each side of the casket.
Byzantine icons are displayed throughout the museum. Gallery 9 has the largest collection with 146 icons from the late-14th to the 19th century. It also holds more than 1,000 items of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art from prehistory to the 19th century.
Summer opening hours (from 1st April to 31st October): 8 AM to 8 PM
Winter opening hours (from 1st November to 31st March): 8.30 AM to 3.30 PM
The museum is closed on:
Duration of Visit: 2-3 hours
Address: 2 Stratou Avenue, 54640 Thessaloniki, Greece
Audio guide: The museum offers visitors an audio guide to all its galleries and exhibits which can be used on smartphones or mobile devices. These are available in multiple languages including Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Turkish, and Chinese.
Shop: The museum shop offers a variety of items like books, historical and cultural publications, souvenirs, small replicas of the museum’s exhibits, jewellery, clothing, posters and postcards, gifts, and toys, among others.
The museum offers all these services free of charge.
There are many restaurants and dining options available near the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki:
Luxury: Makedonia Palace, Electra Palace Thessaloniki, The Excelsior Hotel
Mid-Range: Astoria Hotel, Blue Bottle Boutique Hotel, Park Hotel
Budget: Hotel Orestias Kastorias, Hotel Esperia, Egnatia Hotel
You can book your Museum of Byzantine Culture tickets online. Purchasing tickets online is easy and has many advantages. You do not have to stand in long lines and your spot is reserved upon confirmation of payment.
Museum of Byzantine Culture tickets are available starting from €16.
You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
Yes, the Museum of Byzantine Culture is fully accessible to visitors with mobility, vision, and hearing impairments. It is wheelchair accessible including restrooms. It also provides special audio guides, sign language guides, a braille leaflet, and an audio-haptic guided tour for the disabled.
Yes, the museum provides educational activities for children of all age groups, enhancing their visit.
It takes about 2 to 3 hours to explore all the galleries in the permanent exhibition at the museum and to see the various historical exhibits and artifacts on display. If you want to explore in-depth or visit the temporary exhibitions as well, it will take you longer.
Yes, the museum shop offers a variety of items like books, souvenirs, replicas of the museum’s exhibits, jewellery, clothing, posters and postcards, gifts, and toys for visitors to purchase.