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Museum of Byzantine Culture
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The Museum of Byzantine Culture is housed in buildings that exceed the 11.000 square meters  at the Stratos Avenue in Thessaloniki. The purpose of the museum is to present the characteristics of the society in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period through screenings, exhibitions and educational programs.

History
The history of  the museum starts almost 100 years ago. Specifically, in 1913 Stephen Dragoumis, commander of Macedonia decides to launch the "Central Byzantine Museum" in Thessaloniki. Although originally defined as a hospitality and housing the temple of Acheropoiitou, eventually the museum was housed in the Rotunda. The inability proper protection of antiquities forced managers to seek new housing.

In 1977, an architectural contest was announced for the construction of a new building. Construction started in 1989 and completed in 1993. Within the next future, a large number of antiquities that were transferred to the Byzantine Museum of Athens for protection reasons, returned to Thessaloniki. The opening of the Museum of Byzantine Culture held on 11 September 1994.

Exhibitions
The permanent exhibition of the Museum of Byzantine Culture is developed in 11 halls covering the time frame of the early Christian period until the post Byzantine period. A total of 2,900 archaeological objects compose the chronicle puzzle of life in Byzantium.

The first 3 rooms are dedicated to the early Christian period. In each room are displayed and analyzed artifacts that define a particular aspect of society at the time. In particular, the issue of hall 1 is "Early Christian church" in Room 2 the "Christian town house" and room 3 "Cemeteries and Burials".

The middle Byzantine period is presented in the next 3 rooms. The issues that are described and analyzed are the iconoclasm, the dynasty of the Byzantine emperors and the characteristics of the Byzantine castle.

In room 7 are displayed artworks of the Late Byzantine period. This era is characterized by artistic growth.

The 10th Chamber presents findings from the post Byzantine period. The halls 8 and 9 accommodate the personal collections of Dora Papastratou and Dimitrios Economopoulos. Finally, in Room 11  are presented with digital media and findings the processes of archaeological investigation and museum management.

Also, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions and since 1998 it organizes and participates in educational programs. The other rooms of the museum that are not open to the public, host maintenance workshops, warehouses and administrative offices.


Contact information
Army Ave. 25
4013 Thessaloniki
Tel.: (+30) 2313 306 400
Fax: (+30) 2310 838 597
Email: mbp@culture.gr
Web: http://www.mbp.gr

Opening hours
Monday - Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.