One TripAdvisor user claims:"The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum is spectacular. You really should not leave Thessaloniki until you've seen it." The suggestion is valid. The museum traces the long history of ancient Macedonia -- the northeastern region of Greece -- and its capital city from prehistoric to modern times. You'll find Classical and Hellenistic sculptures along with ancient tombs and relics. And recent visitors claim "The Gold of Macedon" -- featuring impressive craftsmanship in gold and precious metals -- is not-to-be-missed.
The Archaeological Museum maintains varied hours by day and season, so be sure to check the website before visiting. To get there, take the Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or walk -- the museum is easy to spot downtown near the International Fairgrounds. Admission is about €6 EUR (or about $8.50 USD).
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#0 Museum of Byzantine Culture
Winner of the Council of Europe's Museum Prize in 2005, the Museum of Byzantine Culture beautifully displays regional artifacts that concern the ancient empire. Everyday objects and artwork that reflect the social, religious and political aspects of this period are displayed in a dynamic and chronological way. One Virtual Tourist attests that the museum "gives a greater appreciation for the importance of Thessaloniki in older times that you may not get without going here." To learn the most about Thessaloniki's history, you'd best be served by visiting this museum after the Archeological Museum, which has exhibitions that predate the Byzantine era. Fortunately, the two are only a five-minute walk away from each other.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours on Monday. To reach this site or the Archeological Museum, you can take Bus no. 58 from Dikastirion Square or Bus no. 11 eastward on Egnatia Street. Entrance costs about €4 EUR (or about $5.50 USD). For more information, visit the official website.
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