Santorini museums

Museum of Prehistoric Thera
Guide to 9 museums in Santorini, Greece

The museums of Santorini give a complete view of the island's history and culture throughout the ages covering the archaeological aspect, the prehistoric Thera, the naval history and the wine production.

The one that comes first in the list of the local museums is the Archaeological Museum in Fira. The museum provides a great collection of findings which offer a throwback to the flourishing periods of Santorini. The main exhibits are sculptures, statues, and inscriptions from the Archaic to Roman times and pottery from the Geometric era. The second most important place to visit in Santorini is the Prehistoric Thera Museum which is home to masterpieces of art from the prehistoric period. In Fira, there is also a private Folklore Museum with interesting traditional costumes and other folk items, including items connected to a traditional wedding.

Outside the village in Oia is the Naval museum which displays a nice collection of maritime items and rare documents. The beautiful Megaron Gyzi lies in the Catholic neighborhood in Fira and showcases some fascinating engraving from 16th to the 19th century. In Messaria there is a nice wine museum providing an insight into the wine traditions of Santorini. If you are interested in the musical tradition in the ancient years you shall visit the Museum of Musical Instruments in Oia.

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List with the most interesting museums

Location: Fira
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The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in Fira and exhibits findings from the prehistoric times that have been excavated from Akrotiri, the Ancient Thera and other areas on Santorini. Exhibits include ceramics, marble statues, Minoan frescoes from Akrotiri, tools, and weaponry.

Location: Fira
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The Archaeological Museum of Santorini is located on Fira, the capital village of the island. It hosts sculptures, ceramics, statues, small vases and findings from the ancient cemetery of Thera. The exhibits may not be as impressive as the exhibits of the Prehistoric Museum but it is still worth a visit.

Location: Oia

The Nautical Museum of Santorini is located in Oia, the most picturesque village on the north of the island. It is located in an elegant mansion and houses nautical instruments, shipping documents, aquarelles, parts of ships and a small library.

Location: Fira
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The Folklore Museum of Santorini is located in Kontohori, a suburb of Fira on the way to Oia. This museum is a private initiative of Mr. Emanouel Lignos and it is housed in a typical cave house of 1861. The museum includes an underground winery with a wine press, workshops of traditional jobs, a gallery and a small chapel dedicated to Agios Konstantinos.

Location: Messaria
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Argyros Mansion is an elegant Neoclassical house, located in Messaria, a village famous for its architecture. This mansion was constructed in 1888 by Georgios Argyros, a landowner, and wine merchant. Today, it has been renovated and works as a museum. It hosts wall paintings, traditional furniture, and other artistic objects.

Location: Fira
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Megaron Gyzi is where the Cultural Centre of Thira is housed. The exhibits include old maps, engravings, old photos of Santorini and a library with rare editions. In summer, many cultural events are housed there.

Location: Fira

Bellonio Cultural Centre is housed in a beautiful building in Fira, the capital village of Santorini. It hosts a library with rare editions of the 18th and the 19th century and it frequently organizes art exhibitions, lectures, musical concerts, theatrical performances, and other events.

Location: Oia

The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Musical Instruments was inaugurated in October 2010 and it is housed in the old Community Building of Oia. It houses the personal collection of Mr. Christodoulos Halaris, a prominent musician.

Location: Fira

(Permanently closed) Hosted at the amazing traditional building that was originally designed by the renowned Greek architect Constantinos Decavallas, the Santozeum Museum aims at promoting the work of Greek and foreign artists alike, as well as sensitize the public in artistic affairs.

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