With Thessaloniki being the most “Byzantine” of all Greek cities, a museum representing the various aspects of life during the Byzantine and Postbyzantine periods, such as art, ideology, social structure and religion, was more than necessary in order to provide hindsight to how historical changes have affected the city’s life. The eleven rooms that comprise the museum’s permanent exhibition opened gradually to the public from 1997 to early 2004. The collection is organized chronologically, beginning with early Christian period church specimens, continuing to the middle Byzantine period, where archaeological materials and panels offer a tour to the Iconoclasm movement, the spiritual and cultural acme that the Komnenian dynasty has been to the empire, all the way to the twilight of the final conquest by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Byzantium after byzantine is the last part of the exhibition, concerned with the period between the fall of Constantinople and the end of the 19th century, mostly through religious paintings. The “discovering the past” section, marks the epilogue to an adventurous history lesson provided by the MBC.