SANTORINI - MUSEUMS

Ancient Thera Museum
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 a great insight from the prehistoric times in the town of Fira with thousands of exhibits.

The Archaeological Museum of Santorini
At the center of Fira is the Archeological Museum of Santorini displaying many exhibits that reveal the long history of the island. The halls of the museum host some unique collections of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period while the museum`s highlights are the ceramic vessels and vases that date back to the Geometric and the Hellenistic era from Akrotiri and marble figurines.

Santorini Nautical Museum
Located in the town of Oia, it is housed in a beautiful mansion since 1990. The museum was founded in 1956 and its exhibits present the nautical history and the island`s tradition, mostly during the 19th and 20th century. All items on display at the museum have detailed descriptions with extra information for all tourists. On the ground floor is the nautical equipment as well as tools with a short description for the use of every item. Of special interest are the nautical archives and the historic documents. On the first floor you will see many uniforms, portraits and of course impressive ship replica

Santorini Folklore Museum
Located in an old cave house that dates back to 1861, this one-of-its-kind museum showcases a matured winery along with priceless artifacts made by indigenous carpenters and tinsmiths. The museum also boasts of a well stocked library with numerous books and manuscripts of the Aegean world. This impressive museum is the brainchild of Manolis Lignos and it is in many ways a perfect replica of a quintessential Santorini village. There is also a chapel inside, the Chapel of Agios Konstantinos, and a visit to this chapel will provide fascinating insight to the wonderful church heritage of Santorini. A visit to the museum offers significant insight into the culture, tradition and heritage of the island of Santorini. Of special interest is a traditional house, which is a perfect replica of the caved dwellings that are found in this place.

Museum of Musical Instruments
The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine musical instruments is housed in the old Community building of Oia, a characteristic and central spot of the village. The museum, which hosts the personal collection of Mr Halaris, a prominent musician, was recently inaugurated, in October 2011, and was the result of many years of hard work. This interesting collection includes musical instruments that date from 2,800 B.C. till the early 20th century. It shows the effort of the Mr Halaris to preserve music as part of an ever-changing civilization. The reconstruction of some musical instruments was done with the contribution of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The categorization of the exhibits was made according to their date and kind. A visit to the museum is possible upon request at (0030) 22860 72000