Thessaloniki’s Museums Guide

Thessaloniki may not be the city that instantly wins you over, but don’t be fooled by first impressions. The Northern Greece city is rich in culture and history. Proof of that is the various monuments reflecting the Byzantine and Ottoman past of the city and, of course, its many museums.

Home to over 30 museums, Thessaloniki offers a wide range of cultural experiences through its collections. Archaeology, history, folklore, photography, and contemporary art are just some of the matters this vibrant city has to offer. 

Don’t know where to start? Discover Thessaloniki’s museums you can’t miss with this guide.

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

One of Greece’s most important museums, it gathers antiquities from Macedonia, within which prehistoric and ancient Greek Masterpieces can be found. Its eight permanent exhibitions paint a portrait of life in the past, and they even offer an open-air stroll to ancient times.

Mosaic floor containing a classical image - Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Mosaic floor of a house found in Thessaloniki showing private houses’ opulence

When to visit: everyday 8:00 – 20:00

Price: 8€ (reduced fee 4€)

White Tower Museum

The city’s symbol hosts seven exhibitions in its interior that summarize aspects of its history. One of the museums’ exhibitions is entirely dedicated to gastronomy, where ancient recipes are displayed. So, maybe you can try to replicate Thessaloniki’s traditional flavours. Don’t leave the museum without visiting the tower’s balcony; you will have a fantastic city view!

Image of the first floor exhibition in Thessaloniki's white tower - White Tower Museum
The first floor’s exposition is dedicated to the city’s planning history and infrastructure

When to visit: everyday 8:00 – 20:00

Price: 1st April – 31st October 6€ (reduced fee 3€) | 1st November – 31st March 3 €

MOMus – Thessaloniki Museum of Photography

Located at the Port of Thessaloniki, this museum is the perfect place for photo lovers. Its collection of approximately 900000 pictures documents the art of photography from the late 19th century to these days.

A woman watching two pictures - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
Picture from the exhibition Capitalism Realism: Future perfect

When to visit: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00 – 19:00 | Thursday 11:00-20:00 | Monday closed

Price: 3 €

Museum of Byzantine Culture

Founded in 1994, this museum and scientific institution is dedicated to the collecting, conserving and protecting Byzantine antiquities. Some of its best pieces include wooden icons, coins, fabrics, mosaics, and seals from the early Christian, Byzantine, and medieval eras.

piece of an antique religious painting - Museum of Byzantine Culture
Wall painting from the sanctuary of the Catholikon of the Vlatadon Monastery

When to visit: everyday 8:00 – 20:00

Price: 8€ (reduced fee 4€)

Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

The Museum of the Macedonian Struggle is a specialized museum depicting the region’s recent history. Its exhibitions contain various pieces, including paintings, a variety of objects, and textiles that represent the social, economic, political and military developments of the contemporary Greek Macedonia and the permanent links between tradition and modernization.

Two levels neo-classical building - Museum of the Macedonian Struggle
The neo-classical building designed by Ernst Ziller is home to the museum

When to visit: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 – 14:00 | Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00 | Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 14:30 | Monday closed  

Price: 4€ (reduced fee 2€)

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki honours the city’s rich and creative Sephardic heritage. This museum describes the lives of the Jews of Thessaloniki from the 15th century up to WWII through photos and exhibits displaying tombstones, religious artefacts, and memorabilia. A part of the museum is dedicated to the Holocaust in Thessaloniki.

museum's room with tombstones on the sides - Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
A display of tombstones from the ancient Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki

When to visit: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 9:00 – 14:00 | Wednesday 9:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 20:00 | Saturday closed 

Price: 5€

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