The Byzantine Empire is known for its intricate art and jewelry made with silver, gold, precious stones, and rich colors. In Thessaloniki, it is celebrated at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, which aims at preserving the art, ideology, religion and politics of this highly important period in Greek history.
Housed in a modern 11,500 square meter structure designed by architect Kyriakos Krokos, this museum was opened to the public gradually from 1997 to 2004, showcasing 11 rooms filled with 2,900 one-of-a-kind historical artifacts. The space includes permanent and temporary showrooms, conservation labs, storerooms, a small amphitheater, and a museum café.
The museum’s permanent exhibition includes items separated into the Early Christian, Middle Byzantine, Late Byzantine, and Post Byzantine periods. This collection includes mosaics, icons, frescoes, coins, traditional attire, publications, ornamental objects, marble sculptures, and objects used in daily life.
Aside from the display quarters, the museum also hosts a total of seven conservation workshops, each specializing in the cleaning, restoration, and preservation of specific archeological materials including wood and icons, metal objects, pottery and glass, paper and parchment, mosaics, wall paintings, and stone and marble objects.
The museum also hosts a number of educational programs for schoolchildren, individuals with disabilities, and adults. Admission to the museum is 4 euro for adults and 2 euro for students and senior citizens, and free on special days. For hours of operation and more information, visit mbp.gr.