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  Permanent exhibitions  
 
 
Prehistoric Macedonia
Chronologically, the museum narrative begins with the exhibition “Prehistoric Macedonia”, which, as the title reveals, presents finds from prehistoric sites across Macedonia.
The exhibition, after a short introduction on the history of research, begins at an era prior to the appearance of modern humans, through the casts of skulls of the Ouranopithecus Macedoniensis, an early hominid, and moves on to the Palaeolithic era with the cast of the famous Petralona Skull (200.000 BC). The peaceful ...
 
 
 
Towards the Birth of Cities
The exhibition “Towards the Birth of Cities” presents the material remains from settlements and cemeteries dating to the Iron Age (1100 - 700 BC) in the region extending between Mt. Athos and Olympus, from sites like Mende, Assiros, Kastanas, Nea Philadelphia. Anchialos, Krania of Olympus etc. During the course of these centuries the advent of important changes in the economic and social life takes place. Trade and exchange contacts also intensify and metalworking is on the rise. Luxurious drinking ...
 
 
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Macedonia from the 7th c. BC until the Late Antiquity
The exhibition entitled “Macedonia from the 7th c. BC until the Late Antiquity” presents aspects of life of the Macedonians from the creation of the independent Macedonian kingdom in the archaic period to the Roman Imperial era (1st – 4th c. AD), when Macedonia was a province of the Roman Empire. The artefacts on display come from Thessaloniki as well as a multitude of other sites across Macedonia, from earlier and later excavations. They cover a chronological framework of 1100 years and each one ...
 
 
 
Thessaloniki, Metropolis of Macedonia
The exhibition “Thessaloniki, Metropolis of Macedonia” is devoted to historical and archaeological evidence for the city. Linked from its very foundation in 315 BC with the generation of Alexander the Great, the city emerged in the Roman period as an important centre in the province of Macedonia, retaining its language, culture, and the memory of its glorious Macedonian history. Unknown aspects of the history of Thessaloniki are highlighted through the presentation of the most important monuments ...
 
 
 
The Gold of Macedon
The exhibition entitled “The Gold of Macedon” includes exhibits of superb art from various sites, mainly from Archaic and Classical cemeteries. At the same time it offers a description of all stages in the processing of noble metals, from that of mining to the complicated techniques used in working and decorating the valuable objects associated with the public and private life of the ancient Macedonians. The famous bronze Derveni krater is also exhibited here, from ancient Lete, depicting the sacred ...
 
 
 
Macedonia. From Fragments to Pixels
The exhibition “Macedonia. From Fragments to Pixels” is an internationally unique presentation of interactive systems. It draws inspiration from the history and culture of ancient Macedonia. This exhibition differs from a conventional one, as the new technologies employed allow visitors to access unique artefacts, archaeological sites and monuments, offering a new interactive experience that combines information and learning through playing. Hence, visitors can explore digital representations of ...
 
 
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The bronze crater from Derveni  
Field, House, Garden, Grave
In the permanent open-ground exhibition entitled “Field, House, Garden, Grave”, divided into two major segments, with artefacts dating from the 2nd to the 4th century AD – the heyday of Thessaloniki. The first segment reconstructs a hypothetical cemetery, including finds, sarcophagi and altars from the west and east cemeteries of the ancient city. The second segment consists of an imaginary reconstruction of wealthy Graeco-Roman house, built with modern construction materials, which exhibits authentic ...
 
 
 
Memory in Stone
In the open-ground exhibition entitled “Memory in Stone”, lithic monuments from Thessaloniki and other parts of Macedonia dating mostly from the 1st to the 3rd century AD, but also belonging to later eras, testify the various uses of stone; a material whose durability guaranteed the preservation of fortifications, burial monuments, buildings, vessels and tools, but also the persistence of the memory of people and ideas. However, due to various circumstances the initial purpose of the objects was ...
 
  Periodical exhibitions  
 
 
Figurines. A microcosmos of clay
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki presents the largest so far exhibition on figurine production in Greece: 670 selected clay figurines, dating from the earliest Neolithic (7th millennium BC) to late Antiquity (4th century AD), derive from excavations conducted across Northern Greece and most of them ‘introduce themselves’ for the first time to the public. The aim of the exhibition is the multi-dimensional presentation of the subject, by commenting on aspects related to technology, use, function ...