The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is housed, since 1962, in a building, designed by the architect Patroklos Karantinos; it is also a listed building as a unique example of modernist art in Greece. The Museum’s collections include distinctive works of art and excavation finds from across Macedonia, as the archaeological service was the first state service founded in Thessaloniki immediately after the liberation of the city. Since 2002 it operates as an independent special peripheral service of the Ministry of Culture. The building was completely renovated in 2003 in order to meet new technical and museological advances. The re-exhibition of antiquities was organized into six new permanent thematic units that encompass all aspects of private and public life in antiquity. One major and 2-5 minor temporary exhibitions take place annually, covering special features of the Macedonians’ everyday life in relation to the wide Greek cultural framework and the broader zone of the southeastern Mediterranean basin.