Santorini Museums: Tribute to the history of the Greek island
In Santorini you can find quite a lot of museums. Much more than anyone should expect from an island of Cyclades. This happens due to the great popularity of Santorini and the millions of visitors who can support the founding and function of any kind of museum.
Besides the traditional settlements, the volcanic scenery, archaeological sites and the wineries that contribute to the island’s projection, a tourist in Santorini can also visit the museums where he can gather information in an organised matter about the history and the culture of the island.
We have gathered information about some of Santorini’s museums and we present them to you below:
The Archaeological Museum of Thira
At the center of Fira the Archaeological Museum of Thira is located. At its halls you can see collections of sculptures and writings from the Archaic till the Roman period, as well as pottery vessels and idols made of clay.
Of the most significant exhibits are the great volcanic stone weighting 480 kilos, the Thiracian vessel with geometrical decoration which has been excavated from the ancient cemetery of Thira and it is dated tou the 7th century B.C.
The Prehistoric Museum of Thira
Through the exhibits of the Prehistoric Museum of Thira you can have a taste of the status of the island being one of the most important Aegean centers during the 18th and 17th century B.C. You can also come across to some findings dated back to the 5th millennium (Later Neolithic period).
For many of you all these may be extremely interesting and would like to learn as much as possible, you have the choice to book a Historical Private Tour from our site and experience a 5 hours private tour from special archaeologists and learn more about the history and the culture of Santorini.
The Naval Museum of Thira
This museum is located at Oia. With numerous exhibits the Naval Museum of Thira tries to establish to the visitor the naval history of the island especially during the peak at the 19th century when the Santorinian sailing boats where crossing the east Mediterranean sea, from the Black Sean to Egypt, transporting Santorinian wine for the orthodox churches of the Russian Empire that was used for Holy Communion. This huge network of sea trade brought wealth to the island which help grow even more.
The Folklore Museum of Santorini
This museum is a private initiative that will travel you back in time. Among the exhibits of the museum are the Santorinian House which a traditional house built in 1861 and includes authentic decoration and furniture, the Spilia-Kannava which the traditional place where the wine making of Santorinian grape was taking place.
We would also recommend Santorini Wine and History private tour which you can book from our website. Experience a 5 hours private tour to the most distinct wineries and combine perfectly history and wine tasting.