Visit the museums of Santorini

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Archaeological Museum of Thira

The Archaeological Museum of Thira is located in Fira. Its collections include statues, sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period, as well as vases and ceramics from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period.

The most important exhibits are the Theraic vase with the geometric representations of the 7th century BC. and the large volcanic rock weighing 480 kilograms, as well as finds from the cemetery of Ancient Thera and statues of Kouros.

The museum is located in the center of Fira, near the cable car and was built in 1960 to replace the previous one that collapsed during the 1956 earthquake.

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Its collections include masterpieces of prehistoric art in the Aegean, such as the famous wall paintings found at Akrotiri and the iconic golden goat. The Museum houses finds from Akrotiri, from the excavations at Potamos, as well as from various other parts of the island.

The purpose of the Museum is to present the course of Thera during the prehistoric period through selected exhibits, from the thousands that exist in its warehouses. The museum was created at the suggestion of the archaeologist himself who spearheaded the excavations of Akrotiri, professor Spyros Marinatos.

The Wine Museum

It is the only Cave Wine Museum in Greece and is located 8 meters underground. It has the shape of a labyrinth and is 300 m long. The Museum presents the history of wine and the life of the Santorini winemaker since 1660.

The creation of the wine museum took 21 years of hard work with patience and perseverance. The financing was done entirely by the Koutsoyiannopoulos family who created it. The visitor walks through the space seeing representations of the history of wine.

Automatic Audio Guide available in fourteen languages. They are also available as a book in eight more languages. The museum was created from the family’s love and passion for tradition and wine, which continues to produce today, as the 4th generation.

All the tools, utensils and machines are authentic and rare pieces, thanks to the special value given to them by their long-term use by the previous generations of the Koutsogiannopoulos family.

 The Maritime Museum in Oia

Captain Antonis Dakoronias began to collect objects and relics of the maritime history of the island from 1951 and in 1956 he founded the Maritime Museum of Oia. The museum is housed in an old captain’s house donated by Dina Manolessou – Birbilis, from Oia.

The collection it has is one of the richest in the country and includes models of older and more modern ships of Santorini, as well as watercolors, rare books, photographic material and an abundance of nautical objects and ship parts, as well as documents, such as old dowry agreements and wills.

Exhibition of Musical Instruments

The exhibition of musical instruments from the ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine period includes musical instruments from the personal collection of Christodoulos Chalaris, an important Greek musicologist and conductor. It is hosted in the offices of the old community of Oia.

The instruments are presented based on corresponding references in written sources and other historical references in relation to their existence and use, from prehistoric times to the Byzantine Empire. They have been created as exact reproductions of the original originals in an effort to showcase the musical cultural tradition and heritage through the ages.

Gyzi Mansion

The cultural center of the Gyzi Mansion in Fira was founded in 1980 with the initiative and financial support of the Catholic Diocese of Thera. It is hosted in Megaro Gyzi in Fira, a 17th century mansion of exceptional architectural interest that fortunately survived the 1956 earthquake.

Emmanuel Lignou Folklore Museum

The museum is located just 1 km. from Fira, to Kontochori. It was founded by Emmanuel Lignos, lawyer, journalist and publisher of a local newspaper. It is housed in a building from 1861 and its rooms are filled with the atmosphere of traditional houses of Santorini, with special emphasis on every detail.

Areas such as a canvas and a pumice mine have been set up, as well as a traditional coffee shop, a carpentry workshop, a nursery and much more. There is an exhibition with paintings by great painters inspired by Santorini. In the wonderful courtyards with flowers you can rest in the sitting rooms, while there is also a chapel dedicated to Saint Constantine.

Ecclesiastical Collection of Pyrgos

It includes images by local and Cretan artists, woodcarvings and ceramics, church vestments and embroidery, as well as liturgical books and ecclesiastical objects of use. Among the exhibits, the wood-carved epitaph and the podea, an embroidery placed under the icon of the Virgin Mary stands out.

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