It would be true to say that we are both the types who can really enjoy a museum experience. We are also the types who can find museums crowded, stuffy and overwhelming and quickly lose interest in the visit.
In Thessaloniki we visited two museums (not on the same day) and found both of them to be excellent. They were not crowded, very reasonably priced and provided an informative overview of the history behind the exhibits, all laid out in a meaningful way.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is one of the largest museums in Greece and covers a period from the prehistoric era, through the development of cities up until the beginning of the Middle Ages. Most objects are from Thessaloniki or the surrounding region of Macedonia and we marvelled at the craftsmanship and timeless beauty inherent in each of them.
Next door is the Museum of Byzantine Culture which covers the period from 330 to 1453. The Byzantine Empire was the continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire and acquired its own unique identity when the capital was moved to Constantinople in 330. The main elements influencing the development of Byzantium were the Ancient Greek civilisation, the Roman heritage and Christianity. Once again, a fascinating museum containing a wealth of wonderful objects.
Below you will find galleries of photos we took of various objects in each museum.