Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki's many museums give a complete picture of the city's rich culture and history. The most worthwhile museums are located in the area of Tsimiski Street. Here you can see prehistoric relics and treasures from the ancient Macedonian and medieval Byzantine eras in these museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the museums that will reveal the antiquity of this land.
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Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Greece » Thessaloniki (See other walking tours in Thessaloniki)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Photography
  • Museum of Cinematography
  • Jewish Museum
  • Museum of the Macedonian Struggle
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
  • Museum of Byzantine Culture
Museum of Photography

1) Museum of Photography

The Museum of Photography is located in a former warehouse in Thessaloniki's port area. Here, you can see a large collection of Greek photography. There are photos from the past and from the modern period. In addition to the permanent collections, there are also many temporary exhibitions. After walking through the museum, you can visit a nice coffee shop with an amazing view of the waterfront.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm; Friday: 11 am - 10 pm.
Museum of Cinematography

2) Museum of Cinematography (must see)

The Museum of Cinematography in Thessaloniki was established in 1997 and is housed in a historic building. The museum's aim is to preserve the artifacts of Greek Cinematography. Here you can see old film-making equipment and accessories, cameras, documentary films, theme magazines, and other artifacts recounting the history and the development of the national cinematography.

Operation hours: Monday - Tuesday: 9 am- 3 pm; Wednesday: 9 am- 7 pm.
Jewish Museum

3) Jewish Museum (must see)

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki is a museum showing the history of Sephardic Jews and Jewish life in Thessaloniki.

It is also known as: "Museum of Jewish Presence in Thessaloniki", "Jewish History Museum".

The museum is being run by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.

Central to the first floor is a narrative history of the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki from the 3rd century BCE until the Second World War. A separate exhibit focuses on the Shoah, as it affected the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. The majority of the community - some 49,000 persons - was systematically deported to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen where most of them perished.

The Museum provides special educational programs for schools.

The museum is a member of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM).

Operating hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am- 2 pm; Wednesday: 9 am- 2 pm/ 5 pm-8 pm; Sunday: 10 am- 2 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the Macedonian Struggle

4) Museum of the Macedonian Struggle (must see)

The Museum for the Macedonian Struggle occupies a neo-classical building designed by the renowned architect Ernst Ziller and built in 1893. In its six ground-floor rooms the museum graphically illustrates the modern and contemporary history of Greek Macedonia. It presents the social, economic, political and military developments that shaped the presence of Hellenism in the region.

Αs early as the 1930s, there were thoughts of creating a Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. The Macedonian Educational Brotherhood (1940) and later the Society for Macedonian Studies took an active part in establishing this museum. In 1978 a massive earthquake shook Thessaloniki, after which the building was judged unsuitable to house a school. In 1979, the society of “Friends of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle” was established and a request made to use the building as a museum. The building was restored and became the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in 1980, and was inaugurated in 1982 by Konstantinos Karamanlis, the Macedonia-born President of the Hellenic Republic and descendant of a fighter of the Macedonian Struggle.

Operating hours: Monday-Friday : 9 am - 2 pm;Wednesday until 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
White Tower of Thessaloniki

5) White Tower of Thessaloniki (must see)

The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki and a symbol of Greek sovereignty over Macedonia. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification which was mentioned around the 12th century and reconstructed by the Ottomans to fortify the city's harbour, it became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule. It was substantially remodeled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city.

The White Tower takes the form of a cylindrical drum 23 m (75 ft) in diameter with a height of 27 m (89 ft) above ground level, on top of which is a turret 12 m (39 ft) in diameter and 6 m (20 ft) high.

The tower has been altered substantially over the years. Early illustrations show that it was originally covered by a conical roof, like similar towers in the Yedikule Fortress and Rumelihisarı fortress in Istanbul.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

6) Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (must see)

The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki stores findings from the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, excavated within the city and the surrounding region of Macedonia. The museum is housed in a building designed by architect Patroklos Karantinos, an example of modern Greek architectural trend. The museum's new wing hosts two exhibitions, "The Gold of Macedonia," featuring findings from the cemeteries of Sindos, Agia Paraskevi, Nea Filadelfia, Makrygialos, Derveni, Lete, Serres, and Evropos; and "The Thessaloniki Area in Prehistory," with findings from prehistoric settlements dating from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age.

Operation hours: Summer (April 15 - November 14) Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 8 pm; Winter (November 15 - April 14): Daily: 9 am - 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Byzantine Culture

7) Museum of Byzantine Culture (must see)

The Museum of Byzantine Culture opened in 1994.

To design the museum, a nationwide architectural competition was announced in 1977. The competition was ultimately won by the entry of Kyriakos Krokos. Construction of the building began in March 1989, and was completed in October 1993. Antiquities from the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens were transferred in June 1994, some of them being displayed in the museum's inaugural exhibition, "Byzantine Treasures of Thessaloniki: The Return Journey".

The museum currently has three permanent exhibitions. The first, "Early Christian Churches", focuses on the design and decoration of churches in early centuries of Christianity. "Early Christian Cities and Dwellings", presents aspects of economic life, domestic handicrafts, houses, and food and clothing of early Christians, and finally, "From the Elysian Fields to the Christian Paradise" focuses on cemeteries of early Christians, jewellery, sepulchral architecture and painting, cult customs, and clay and glass objects recovered from excavated graves.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Thessaloniki, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Create Your Own Walk in Thessaloniki

Creating your own self-guided walk in Thessaloniki is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Culinary Delights Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is famous for its heavenly delicious pastries. It is impossible to leave the city without visiting its bakeries, whose scents are simply too hard to resist. Some of these bakeries are legendary and the locals buy their stuff by the kilogram. Take our tour to taste the unforgettable, mouth-watering delights lovingly baked in Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki's Historical Churches

Thessaloniki is an old city with a rich Christian history. Some of the twelve apostles visited the city and wrote epistles to its people, which entered the cannon of New Testament. There are many great ancient churches here, but of special interest are the beautiful smaller ones. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most splendid churches of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Introduction Walking Tour

Thessaloniki boasts a wealth of historic landmarks revealing eventful past of this ancient city. Among them the most notable are the Palace of Galerius and its Rotunda, the White Tower, plus a number of churches listed as the world heritage sights. Follow this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Coastline Walking Tour

Thessaloniki is a lovely city set on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline offers magnificent views of the waters and of the distant Olympus mountains. While walking here you will see historic monuments, beautiful parks with fountains, many cafes, churches, and other interesting sights. This self-guided tour offers a pleasant walk along the coast of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Upper Town Walking Tour

Upper Town Thessaloniki is the most ancient part of the city that is approximately 2300 years old. Here you may see the ancient Byzantine wall with its towers, ancient religious sites with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, and other remnants of the city's great civilization. Take this tour to have a closer look of what's left.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki Art Galleries Tour

Thessaloniki exhibits both old and new art. Here you may find displayed ancient art from Byzantine period coexisting with contemporary arts presented for sale at numerous shops and galleries around the city. Follow this tour and explore the art treasures of Thessaloniki.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles