Most popular Museums to visit in Halkidiki Region
Archaeological Museum of Polygyros
The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros is the most important archaeological Museum in Halkidiki. The exhibits cover a time span ranging from the Bronze Age to the Roman period and originate from ancient Stagira, Toroni, Pyrgadikia, Afitos, the ancient city of Olynthos and elsewhere. Among the most important exhibits are included an unfinished Kouros of the Archaic period, a marble head of Dionysus from Ancient Afytos, a column of a black figure from Vrasta (late 6th century BC) and findings from the city and the cemetery of ancient Olynthos.
The new building of the Museum, which took place in October 2016, includes 582 square meters of exhibition space, a periodical showroom, a training room, a workshop for maintenance offices and offices, a storage area and a refreshment room. The re-exhibition of archaeological material will be the work of the NSRF 2014-2020. Until the start of the re-exhibition, the Archaeological Museum of Polygyros will host periodic exhibitions and other high-profile, interest and aesthetic activities.
Tel: +30 23710 22148
Archaeological Museum of Olynthos
It is located in the archaeological site of ancient Olynthos. It features only audiovisual material, which is intended to give visitors a complete picture of ancient Olynthos, starting with the history of the city and continuing with a description of the excavation and restoration. The findings of the excavations are displayed in museums of Thessaloniki and Polygyros.
Photographic material and short texts describe the urban design of the city as well as the shape of a typical private home, local organization (food preparation, food storage, knitting) and the economic life of the city (stonework, waxing, agricultural activities, entertainment , symposia). Information is also provided on the course of the excavation work, from Robinson’s time in 1928 to the last works carried out in 1990 and 1992.
Tel: +30 23730 91000
Anthropological Museum of Petralona
It is located next to the cave, at a distance of 2 km from the village of Petralona. It features important discoveries, such as copies of the mausoleum of the European Archanthropus of Petralona, the oldest traces of fire ever discovered, the first stone and bone tools (11 million years old) and findings from open spaces before the time of the caves. The museum also has a conference room, geological and paleontological conservation laboratories and a library.
The Museum is a traditional two-story building ~ 1000m2, built with a tile roof, while on its north stone wall is represented the map of Cave along with the tourist route inside it – designed by Panos Polydropopoulos. On the ground floor are the warehouses of the finds, the maintenance and recording workshops, as well as in the separate room the library of the Museum. On the upper floor, in addition to the Exhibition Hall, there is also a spacious decorated Anteroom, the Lecture Room (above the library), and the Office of the Directorate.
Tel: +30 23730 71671
Folklore Museum of Afytos
It is housed in a traditional building in the center of the village and was founded in 1980 with the initiative of N. Paralis and the local Folklore Association. The folklore collection includes utensils, agricultural tools and pottery, as well as pottery items, an art that has a long tradition in the village. Occasionally it hosts various artists' exhibitions.
It is a remarkable example of urban architecture and expresses the provincial neoclassicism prevailing in Macedonia in the early 19th century. Today it is used as a place of culture. On the ground floor, there is a lending library and an exhibition space hosting exhibitions of the village associations as well as various artists. In the basement, there is a collection of agricultural tools while on the floor is a traditional house of Afytos. All the exhibits of the museum (furniture, woven, kitchen utensils, and tools) are courtesy sponsors of the village residents.
Opening days: Daily
Opening hours: 19.00-23.00 | Tusday & Sunday: 11.00-13.00 & 19.00- 23.00 Tickets: 2/ per person
children under 5 years old are FREE
Tel: +30 23730 26166
Museum of fishing vessels and tools in Moudania
The longstanding relationship of man with the sea and fishing unfolds in the very interesting exhibition of this museum: ancient anchors, hooves, nets, balots, representations of fishing techniques, pedestrians and much more. In the museum, you can find old and modern fishing techniques, fishing gear, navigation tools, miniatures of fishing vessels and the great magic of the underwater world which is displayed in a specially designed room with the help of audiovisual media. A special exhibit of the museum is the bougiantes, a traditional fishing craft that was used at the Marmara Sea and in our country became known when the refugees settled here. Moreover, many fishing items are exhibited brought by the refugees from their fatherland.
However, the tour of the exhibition does not end here: the visitor’s fishing route continues through the magical world of the seabed and its acquaintance with submarine states and marine organisms. Photographic material, movies, animations, marine organisms and the imposing presence of a pastor’s outfit depict the wealth of the sea. You can also see the excellent shellfish collection of the Moudania Navy Club. Outside of the exhibition area, there is a training and multipurpose room, as well as a library – reading room.
Opening days: Monday - Friday
Opening hours: 08.00-16.00
Tel: +30 23730 26166
Historical and Folkloric Museum of Nikiti
The Historical and Folkloric Museum of Nikiti is housed in the stone school of the old settlement. The school was built in 1870 and is a historic listed monument. The restoration and conversion of the school into a museum were based on special studies (museological-museographic and special architectural study), on-site and bibliographic research and study of collections. The folklore collection includes about 1500 objects, donations by the inhabitants of Nikiti to the Nikitian philologist Dimitrios Dimaras during the last 20 years. For the creation of the permanent exhibition, the collection was enriched with new donations and historical evidence.
More than 500 objects in organic relation with archival material, modern photographic imagery, oral testimonies and cinematic narrative become the means to reveal a variety of stories about the settlement and life of the people of Nikiti.
Opening hours: 11.00-13.00 & 19.00-22.00