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Address: 37 Dimitrios Poliorkitis St. Ano Poli, Thessaloniki , Macedonia, Greece
Opening Hours: Daily: 10-14.00, 18.00-21.00
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-14.00
Phone No: (++30) 2310 243120
Fax No.: (++30) 2310 243121
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The National Map Library was established in 1994 for the purpose of preserving, archiving, conserving, promoting, and displaying maps, studying the educational, cultural, and social role of maps, collaborating at a scientific and technical level with national and international organisations, organising permanent and mobile exhibitions accompanied by catalogues, utilising public and private map collections, and organising seminars and conferences.

Since February 1999 the National Map Library has been housed in a two-storey listed building in the Upper Town (Ano Poli). On the ground floor are the scientific and administrative departments and on the first floor there is a permanent exhibition space which hosts frequent cartographic exhibitions. There is an archive of 1,000 maps, which are being electronically documented and archived with the help of a special database.

Between 1 and 12 November 1999, there was an exhibition of six 19th-century cartoon maps of Europe, five children’s maps which had been entered for the international cartographic competition in 1999, and some rare maps drawn by Sotiris Zissis, a self-taught Thessalonian cartographer.

Other exhibitions organised by the National Map Library include History in Maps in Government House, Maps of Ports of Greek Cities of the Twentieth Century in the National Research Institute, and Greek Cartography in Thessaloniki in the Twentieth Century.

An educational programme titled The National Map Library Meets Teachers and Children has been drawn up and is addressed to schools in Macedonia and Thrace.

Various maps of Europe
Various maps of Europe
Childrens maps
Childrens maps
Rare maps by self-taught Thessalonian cartographer.
Rare maps by self-taught Thessalonian cartographer.

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