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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, located in the island's capital Fira, is considered as one of the most important museums in Greece. Its special contents are masterpieces of art in the prehistoric Aegean, such as the famous wall paintings and the unique gold ibex figurine.

The museum endeavours to sketch the course of prehistoric Thera, through selected finds from various excavations. The exhibition covers units such as the research history at Thera, the island's history from late Neolithic to late Cycladic period and the heyday of Akrotiri with aspects as the architecture of the city, the emergent bureaucratic system, wall painting and pottery art etc. Noteworthy are the furniture plaster casts, household equipment, weapons, seals, impressive wall paintings and the unique gold ibex figurine.

Telephone: +30 22860 23217


At the southern end of Santorini is the ancient excavation site of Akrotiri. This site is a must to visit during your stay on the island and one, which will impress you. This is one of the archaeological sites in Greece where a good guide, or at least a good guidebook, will come in handy as explanations are needed for one to really appreciate what unfolds before you.

Much of the credit for the finds at Akrotiri, which date back as early as 3000 BC, went to the late Dr. Spyridon Marinatos, a well-known Greek archaeologist. His work began in the early 1930s and lasted until the day he was killed during an accident at the site in 1974. However work did not stop there and continues even today, so don't be surprised to see archaeologists busy at work on the site. Professor Marinatos found the paved streets of Akrotiri lined with multi-story houses all connected by a sophisticated central drainage system.

Most of the ground-floor apartments were used for storerooms, and hundreds of pithi jars and other utensils have been found within them. The upper floors were the living quarters for what appear to have been wealthy families; each house had at least one room lined with frescoes, some among the most magnificent yet found in Greece. These, along with the best of the pottery and stone vases unearthed at Akrotiri, are on exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

The archaeological site of Akrotiri has reopened for the visitors on April 11th, 2012.

Visiting hours: 08.00 - 20.00  Tuesday - Sunday  
Telephone: +30 22860 81939

Archeological Museum

In Fira, the island's capital, stands the Archaeological Museum in which are housed finds representing the island's long history. The Museum contains collections of sculpture and inscriptions (ranging from the Archaic to the Roman period) and vases and clay figurines (dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods).

While many outstanding archaeological finds from the excavations at Akrotiri in Santorini will be found at the Athens National Archaeological Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Santorini contains artefacts from excavations on the island and especially from ancient Thera. Of note in the museum is a fine collection of geometric red and black vases from the 5th century BC. Inscriptions are plentiful Minoan ware is also on exhibit. The museum also hosts sculptures of the Hellenistic period, Byzantine art and prehistoric times remains.

 Telephone: +30 22860 22217


The discovery of the wall-paintings of Akrotiri in the excavations (1967-1974) of Professor Spyridon Marinatos is of outstanding importance. Of all the finds unearthed in the excavations there can be little doubt that the wall-paintings constitute the most significant contribution to our knowledge of Aegean art and society. The Thera Foundation hopes that by making the wall-paintings of Akrotiri widely available for study and enjoyment it is making a significant contribution to the understanding of early Aegean culture. Since 2011 the exhibition is hosted at Santozeum.

Excavated in Akrotiri between 1967-1974, the wall paintings provide outstanding insight into the ancestry of Santorini, and situate the ancient society as highly developed in the early Aegean world. Found on the walls of ancient Theran elite homes, they render ancient life, belief and historical events. Contemporary viewers can enjoy their artistic merits exhibited on the walls of this private house, in a sense as they were intended to be viewed as interior embellishments in antiquity.

Visiting hours: 10.00 - 18.00 Monday - Sunday
Τelephone: +30 22860 21722
web site: www.santozeum.com

Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum is located in a cave home, built in 1861 in Fira.

It displays an original old winery, carpenter's, barrel maker's, shoe maker's and tinsmith's workshops, art gallery, library, chapel and courtyard.

The Folklore Museum was founded by Emmanuil Lignos, laywer, journalist and Director of the monthy newspaper "Theiraic News".

Telephone: +30 22860 22792

web link: http://www.santorinisfolkmuseum.com/en/

Naval Museum

If you are looking to find out more about Santorini's maritime history, the Naval Museum in Oia is the place not to miss. Displays feature marine objects, which trace the history of the island, especially during the 19th century.
Telephone: +30 22860 71156
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Museum of Minerals & Fossils

The Museum of Minerals and Fossils was created by the Cultural Society of Thera in 2006. It stands near the church of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) in Perissa. The oldest of the museum's exhibits dates back to 1.5 billion years ago and the newest to 50,000 years. Here, you will find minerals and fossils from Thera and the rest of Greece, as well as other countries. Exhibits include a rich collection of priceless minerals from Lavrio, Attiki. Of the fossils, which cover all groups of organisms, particularly important are the plant fossils of olive, mastic, and palm trees from the Santorini Caldera, dating back 50-60.000 years ago. This rare paleoflora, unique in the Mediterranean, provides evidence on the past evolutionary plant development in Europe.

Visiting hours: In the summer: 10:00-14:00 daily. In the winter: only on Sunday mornings.

Telephone: +30 6977260048

Wine Museum

A wine museum, presenting the history of wine in Santorini from 1660 to 1950 with mobile and immobile figures and sound effects. It is located at the premises of the winery "Volcan Wines" of Koutsoyannopoulos family on the way to Kamari beach.
Telephone: +30 22860 31322

Bellonio Cultural Foundation

At the central square of Fira the Bellonio Cultural Foundation is situated.
The Cultural Center was founded by the brothers Loukas & Evangelos Bellonias in 1994.
Telephone: +30 22860 24960