One of the three museums of contemporary art of the city, alongside the State Museum of Contemporary Art and the Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1979 thanks to the donation of works of art made by art collector Alexander Iolas. Today, the museum is home to a 2,000 artwork-strong collection by Greek and foreign artists and, since 2000, has also included a scientific library.
Established to showcase the city’s rich Sephardic heritage since the arrival of a Jewish population from Spain in the 15th-century, the Jewish Museum is located in one of the few Jewish buildings that survived the fire of 1917. It includes a wide collection of historical artefacts and photographic exhibitions. As one of the most important places devoted to a major ethnic community that shaped the city’s modern identity, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki attracts visitors from across the world.
Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Agiou Mina 13, Thessaloniki, Greece, +30 231 025 0406
The Thessaloniki Cinema Museum is located in a warehouse on the first wharf of the city’s port, a few blocks down Aristotelous Square, the main plateia the city. Built in 1910 along with the other buildings on the wharf, the museum’s building has obtained National Historic site status. With the aim to collect, preserve and display items connected to the history of cinema in Greece, the museum comprises a collection of machinery and equipment, cinema posters and movie and sound archives. Every now and then, the museum organizes shows with extracts of Greek movies screened in a small cinema room on site.