The Nautical Museum of Santorini is located in Oia. It is hosted in an elegant mansion and houses nautical instruments, shipping documents, aquarelles, ship parts, and a small library.
The museum was founded in 1956 and its exhibits present the nautical history and the island's tradition, mostly during the 19th and 20th centuries.
All items on display come with detailed descriptions. The ground floor houses nautical equipment as well as tools with a short description of their use.
Of special interest are the archives and historical documents. On the first floor lie numerous uniforms, portraits, and impressive ship replicas.
The Nautical Museum of Santorini is open every day except for Tuesdays from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00.
How to get there
The Nautical Museum of Santorini is located in the village of Oia, just a 5-minute walk away from the bus station.
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 scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Museum of musical instruments but also many other places of interest.
Public transfers: In Oia village lies the terminal of the bus route Fira > Oia. The museum is a 5-minute walk away. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. Bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island are available. There are buses to Oia approximately every hour. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.