The Museum's open-air exhibitions: a pleasant archaeological stroll free of charge!
The open-air exhibition "Field - House - Garden -Grave", in the courtyard of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, includes antiquities from the heyday of Thessaloniki (2nd - 4th c. AD).
The first part of the exhibition presents sarcophagi and altars from the city's cemeteries, funerary monuments placed along the streets or within privately-owned burial enclosures.
The second part of the exhibition displays the representation of a rich urban house of the Imperial era (2nd-3rd c. AD). The house was built with modern material and incorporates authentic mosaics. Residences in Thessaloniki, though influenced by Rome, preserved the type of rich Hellenistic houses, with rooms located around a central, inner courtyard with a peristyle. Walls and floors were decorated with wall-paintings and impressive mosaics.
The third part exhibits honorary altars that functioned as bases for statues of prominent citizens of Thessaloniki in public spaces and buildings.
The open-air exhibition "Memory in Stone" presents stone monuments from Thessaloniki and Macedonia in general. Most of the exhibits date from the 1st to the 7th c. AD.
Stone, a strong natural material that endures in time, was the main building material for public buildings, statues and busts of gods and heroes, rulers and prominent citizens. Stone was also used for the laws and decrees of cities, votive inscriptions to the gods, honorary inscriptions for the rulers, the kings and emperors. The burial sites of the deceased were also marked with stone relief stelae, altars and monuments.
The exhibition is accessible by disabled people and the visually-impaired.