Thessaloniki Museums Walking Tour, Thessaloniki (Self Guided)

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
Author: vickyc
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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
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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: Summer: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm;
Winter: Monday, Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10 am - 10 pm
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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: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday: 11 am – 2 pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 8 pm

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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: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 2 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

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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.

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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: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm; The Museum is closed on December 25 and 26, January 1, March 25, May 1 and Easter Sunday.
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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: 9 am – 4 pm

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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.
Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Churches

Walking Tour of Thessaloniki 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
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
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
Thessaloniki Coast Line Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Coast Line 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: 5.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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
Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries

Walking Tour of Thessaloniki Art Galleries

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: 3.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Thessaloniki for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Thessaloniki has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Thessaloniki, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.