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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 that 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 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.
Lost Atlantis Experience Museum is the first museum in the world that gives you the chance to learn everything about the myth of the Lost Atlantis through a virtual reality experience.
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.