Thessaloniki, the Metropolis of Macedonia

This exhibition is dedicated to the ancient city, from its founding in 315 BC until the early 4th century AD.

Unknown aspects of the history of Thessaloniki are highlighted through the presentation of the most important monuments and selected artefacts, displaying its most unique characteristics, many of which can be traced to this day.

The traditional accompanying material and rich texts are reinforced by innovative multimedia applications, such as a short film about ancient Thessaloniki and touch screens with digital tours through the modern city grid to famous or lesser known monuments of the city.


This exhibition allows visitors to experience the organisation of urban space and aspects of private and public life. Furthermore, interesting and lesser known facts are shown regarding the composition of the population, the private lives of the urban elite, the professions, the cults, the burial practices of the citizens. All the above topics are approached and associated with the political, social and cultural context of the time, presenting the image of a cosmopolitan city, with a crucial geopolitical location and a vibrant economy.

Video: Roman Thessaloniki


The exhibition space


  1. Entrance
  2. Museum shop
  3. Manolis Andronikos Hall
  4. Exhibition: Towards the birth of cities
  5. Exhibition: In the kingdom of Macedonia
  6. Exhibition: Thessaloniki Metropolis of Macedonia
  7. Exhibition: The Gold of Macedon
  8. Open-air exhibition: Field House Garden Grave