The collection of about 700 casts of ancient sculptures offers our students the opportunity to closely approach some of the most representative sculptures of the ancient antiquity. Their originals date from the Minoan to Byzantine times and today stand in many Greek and European museums. The collection includes important casts, such as the casts of the colossal kouros of Sounion, the pediment sculptures of the temple of Zeus at Olympia, reliefs from the Parthenon frieze and from the arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki, but also copies of Minoan and Mycenaean artifacts.
The Museum also hosts a remarkable collection of original artifacts of antiquity, with more than 2000 pottery, miniatures and coins from the geometric to the Byzantine period, some of which are indicative of the region of Macedonia, such as the findings from the excavations of Prof. K. Romaios at Karabournaki and Sindos and the superficial survey of D. H. French.
In addition, the laboratory and the photographic archives of the Museum, which include over 7000 photographs, actively contribute to research projects of graduate students, doctoral candidates and researchers, as well as of departmental student interns. The Museum’s activities within the exhibition area and the small amphitheater that it owns, are primarily educational and research oriented; however, they are also aimed at the general public by holding educational programs for primary and secondary school children.