Museum of Thessaloniki
The visitor can see part of the town’s walls and ruins from the acropolis. The docks of the harbour, made of huge granite stones, were discovered at the bottom of the sea, along with remainders of stonewalls, which continue on the shore and were probably the town’s warehouses.
Archaeological Museum (Polygyros)
The Archaeological Museum of Polygyros is the most important archaeological Museum in Halkidiki located in “Heroon” square in the city centre.
The Museum hosts an ide collection of archaeological findings from the entire prefecture of Halkidiki. Findings cover the period from the Bronze Age to the Roman period and come from Ancient Stagira, Ancient Toroni, Pirgadikia, Afitos, Polygyros, Ierissos, Stratoni and the ancient city of Olynthos.
Exhibits include clay figurines and coins from Olynthos, vases from Toroni, parts of the roof of the temple of Zeus Ammon from Kallithea, reliquary chests, fisherman’s equipment, lamps, jewels and amphorae from Akanthos, now the town of Ierissos, and funerary steles and the statue of a woman from the 1st century BC, from the sanctuary of a deified hero, from Stratoni.
The museum opened its door to the public on 2019 with an exhibition of the collection of Ioannis Labropoulos.
Museum of Fishing Vessels and Equipment (Nea Moudania)
The Museum is largely the result of forty years of untiring efforts by Stavros Kovrakis, a passionate collector of the treasures hidden in the seas of Greece. It also enjoys the support of the Moudania Yacht Club and its President, Dimitris Sakalis. The Museum was set up to conserve and display the cultural heritage of the region and contribute to its economy. It has an educational and research role, also doing much to promote the local identity and keep alive its links with its history.
The items on display include ancient anchors, fishing nets, fishing rods and hooks, compasses, beacons and lamps and many other intriguing exhibits. There are 3D recreations of a variety of fishing techniques, demonstrating how the different kinds of vessel and net are used, with replicas of fishing boats and a rich archive of documents and illustrations. One of the most fascinating items is the bouyiandes, a traditional fishing vessel formerly seen in the Sea of Marmara and introduced to Greece by the refugees from Asia Minor. The Museum also offers a thrilling insight into the strange and magical world beneath the sea, with its vast range of plant and animal life. Open Tuesday-Friday 8.30-14.00 and 18.00-20.00. Saturday and Sunday 10.00-14.00. Closed Monday. (tel. 23730 26166).
Folk Museum (Athytos)
On the ground floor of the Aretra building in the central square of Athytos there is a display of folk exhibits created on the initiative of the painter Nikos Paralis. The items represent the whole cycle of rural life in the region, with domestic utensils, tools, implements and so on. Open: afternoons.
Folk Museum (Arnaia)
The Museum is housed in the building known as the Yiatradiko, one of the oldest listed buildings in Halkidiki (1750-1755). It is a two-story structure, built in the Macedonian style with a tower and projecting balcony. The ground floor has an exhibition of agricultural artifacts, photographs from the period 1880-1950, various items used in the daily lives of the local people, as well as implements used in beekeeping, building, baking, etc. The mezzanine floor houses a collection of carpenter’s tools and items from the traditional coffee house, and on the upper floor the visitor can inspect a loom and various pieces of equipment used in weaving, as well as an old fireman’s pump, local costumes, weights, a brazier, washing boards, etc. There is also a special room which recreates a traditional Arnaia domestic interior. Open daily 09.30-14.00 (tel. 6945 206365, Angeliki Parnavela).
Grove of Aristotle (Stageira)
In this open-air area dedicated to the great philosopher the visitor will see not only a statue of Aristotle but also ten instruments relating to the physical phenomena covered in his great Physics. The instruments include a prism, optical discs, sounding bars, a compass, sundial and pendulum – all illustrating important phenomena studied by the great philosopher. A café-restaurant is also available (tel. 23770 21130, 21131).