Santorini Prehistoric Thera Museum

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

This museum is quite spectacular even from the outside.
It hosts a rich collection of finds from the excavations in the sites of Akrotiri and other Cyclades islands.
The whole area is air-conditioned offering visitors a comfortable tour around the exhibition hall that is divided into four sections.
The first section refers to the history of Fira, the second one to the geology of Fira, the third section includes finds from the Neolithic and the post-Cycladic era while the last section consists of a nice collection from the flourishing period at the town of Akrotiri.

All objects in the museum include detailed information. Some of the exhibits that particularly stand out are a clay oven and a bathing tub as well as the tall and oval-shaped vases. Further on, you can see some marvelous frescoes including the House of Ladies. Close to the exit is a gold ibex figurine which shines brightly. The museum offers great insight from the prehistoric times in the town of Fira with thousands of exhibits.

How to get there

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in the center of Fira, just 85 meters from the bus station and a few meters from the Fira parking lot.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera but also many other places of interest.

Public transfers: Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.



1 Reviews
  • summer 29 Jun 2010
    For all history buffs
    All the museums buffs should go and visit the Prehistoric Museum of Thera. The historical imprint, the varying culture and art find their place in this marvelous museum. The serene and tranquil location adds to the beauty of the place. This is one of the best museums I have visited in Greece, although still a lot of things should be done to help visitors. For example, the labels of the exhibits must have more details because not all people know the archaeological terms. Also guided tours should be organized in fixed times. It is a pity that Greece has so nice museums but no people working in them.