The Museum of Byzantine Culture aims in presenting various aspects of life during the byzantine and post-byzantine periods: art, ideology, social structure and religion, as well as how historical changes and the political situation were affecting people’ s everyday life.
At the same time, the activity of the Department of Educational Programmes, the good structure and function of the conservation laboratories and of the archaeological material storerooms, the provision of scientific know-how to other Balkan countries, the organisation of scientific meetings and conferences, as well as the editing and publishing work, render the Museum into an exceptionally important centre for the preservation, research and promotion of Byzantine and Postbyzantine culture. Since the Museum’ s inauguration in 1994, an annual bulletin is published, the first of its kind by a Greek public museum.
The Museum of Byzantine Culture was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2005, following the concurrent recommendation of the Council’ s Committee for Culture, Science and Education.
The founding of the Museum of Byzantine Culture and its official opening in 1994 in Thessaloniki, the most “Byzantine” city of the modern Greek state, marks the end of a story that had begun long before, just after the city’ s liberation in 1912.