One of a kind in Greece, the Olympic Museum, narrates one of the greatest stories of mankind, that of the Olympic Games.
Located in Thessaloniki, at the crossroads of sports and education, between Kaftantzoglio, the city’s largest stadium and University Campus (A.U.Th.), it serves as an agent of the Olympic spirit, ethos and heritage. An active partner and one of the founders of the Olympic Museums Network (OMN, Lausanne) supervised by the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.), the Museum reaches on a national, as well as international level.
Step through the galleries to discover the history of the Games, connect past with present and feel their global impact. Be entertained by some of the most remarkable tales of sports charisma, perseverance and distinction. The Olympic Museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and thought-provoking manner. The collection spans the entire history of the Olympic Games and is complemented with cutting-edge digital applications encouraging interaction and fun.
Ancient Olympic Games: Modern Olympic Games originate from what took place at Olympia, in Ancient Greece, three millennia ago. What were the Ancient Olympics like? What did they represent in Ancient Greece? How do they differ from those of modern times? Explore the mythological origins of this grand religious and athletic fest. Understand the socio-political context within which they developed and learn about the Olympic Truce. Appreciate the Greek ideals that inspired present-day Olympic Values. Be entertained by stories of Olympic victors, of great athletic and cultural deeds.
Modern Olympic Games: Since 1896 and the inaugural Games in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Movement, Modern Olympics have gone a long way becoming a high-calibre global event. Who were Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas? What was their vision? To what extent did the Ancient Olympic Games shape those of modernity? How was the Olympic Movement established and over the years re-assessed to maintain relevance with contemporary society? How are the principles of Olympism applied today? An amazing tale unravels following all Games since inception.
Paralympic Games: How did Paralympic Games emerge and develop through time? Become familiar with Paralympic sports and core Paralympic Values. Learn and be inspired by tales of great courage and determination.
Science of Sports: This is where the Olympic Museum meets London’s Science Museum to offer exciting information on the ways human body performs. Both entertaining and educational, the exhibition challenges on a physical level as it requires active participation. Discover individual skill, such as reflexes, peripheral vision, flexibility, and understand the value of sports for both body and mind.
Temporary exhibitions and educational innovation represent two major strands of the Olympic Museum. Each year, through a curatorial program showcasing different aspects of sports and culture and an engaging educational scheme, targeting all audiences, the Olympic Museum outreaches both locally and nationally. Simulations of Sports Fields, found within the exhibition areas, motivate youth participation, experimentation and discovery.
A modern, state-of-the-art amphitheatre (equipped with image & sound technologies, interpretation booths), together with multiple-purpose seminar-rooms (suitable for one-day conferences and seminars, workshops, creative projects and meetings, etc.) overlooking outdoor spaces and a spacious and imposing foyer, have over the years turned the focus on the Thessaloniki Olympic Museum as an ideal conference destination and host.
Thessaloniki Olympic Museum-Information:
Tritis Septemvriou & Agiou Dimitriou, Thessaloniki 546 36, Greece
Weekdays: 09:00 - 19:00 / Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00, Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
Christmas Eve: 10:00-14:00
New Year’s Eve: 10:00-14:00
Christmas: 25-26 December, 1-2 January
Easter: Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter day, Easter Monday
Bank Holidays: Monday of Lent, Annunciation Day 25 March, May Day, Holy Spirit, Assumption of Mary 15 August, Saint Demetrious 26 October, National Celebration 28 October
Closed on weekends from mid-June to mid-August
Approx Visit Duration: 90 min - allow time to browse the museum shop or enjoy refreshments
Admission: General Admission 3€- Free for certain audience categories: ICOM Members – Visitors with disabilities -Family Discounts
Languages: Pre-booked group tours in English. Tours in other languages can be arranged for an extra fee.
Museum Café: Visitors may enjoy refreshments and snacks.
Museum Shop: The Museum Gift Shop offers a wide range of elegant gifts to suit all budgets and tastes from t-shirts to jewellery designed by Greek artists and designers. Open 7 days a week.
Parking: Parking space available nearby. Designated coach drop off and pick up point near the entrance.
Accessibility: The Thessaloniki Olympic Museum welcomes visitors with impairments and their companions.
Groups & School/Educational Visits: Booking required for any group-visit or educational program.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available throughout the building.
Map Location: The Thessaloniki Olympic Museum is located centrally next to Kaftantzoglio, the city’s largest stadium, and the University Campus (A.U.Th.). It is 15 minutes walking distance from the White Tower and the city-center and easily accessible by means of public transport.