Best Santorini Museums – Things to do

The island of Santorini holds an archaeological wealth that visitors, especially those interested in history and culture, can admire and become acquainted with in the various exemplary museums.

Prehistoric Thera Museum

One of the most important museums of Greece is the spectacular Museum of Prehistoric Thera that lies in the capital of Santorini, Fira. 

The finds that are on display on the Prehistoric Museum of Thera come from the various excavations that were carried out on the island, such as at the settlements of Akrotiri and Potamos, rescue excavations at different sites on the island as well as some objects that were discovered by chance or handed over. The exhibits date back to the Late Neolithic Era up until the Cycladic Periods and are in excellent condition. Through the exhibits visitors can witness the progress of Thera in the Prehistoric Times unfolding before their eyes, as they bear testament to a brilliant course that made Thera on of the most significant islands of the Aegean during the 18th and 17th centuries BC.

Archaeological Museum of Thera

An extraordinary and very interesting museum lies in the centre of Fira. 

A significant part of the exhibits comes from the excavations carried out on “Mesa Vouno” where a settlement of the Hellenistic Period was discovered. The majority of them was found in the cemetery of Ancient Thera and includes ceramic objects, pots, amphorae as well as ancient statues, like the representative nude male statue called kouros. The rest of the finds can be admired in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. It is recommended that visitors visit both the archaeological site of Ancient Thera and then the Archaeological Museum in order to gain an understanding on the history and evolution of the island.

Wine Museum

The Wine Museum is located in Kamari. 

Visitors can unravel the history behind vining, the traditional process of wine cultivation, harvesting and trade as well as experience typical scenes from the life of vine growers from 1660 until 1950. One can also find a rich display of photographs, newspaper cuttings referring to the islands wine¬making, antiques such as tools used in the construction of barrels or baskets, and house- ware products. 

Museum of Icons and Ecclesiastical Relics

The Museum of Icons and Ecclesiastical Relics of Pyrgos village is housed inside the church of the Holy Trinity, a renovated chapel that used to be a small Catholic convent. 

This exhibition includes precious Byzantine icons by local and Cretan hagiographers, potteries, metallic artworks, woodcarvings, ecclesiastical embroideries and vestments, holy books, brassware and other items for ecclesiastic use. The majority of the exhibits dates back to the 17th and 18th century and indicates the long religious tradition of Santorini and a bygone period of prosperity on the island. Rare photographs and original objects that represent different local crafts, such as winemaking, shoemaking, candle making and local food processing, are also on display.

The Immersive Representation of the Eruption of the Volcano of Santorini

This is an impressive show-representation of the great explosion that rocked the Aegean for millennia and destroyed the Minoan Civilisation.

The representation of volcanic eruptions in Santorini will be a unique spectacle this year for the thousands of visitors to the island.

Pictures, colours and sounds will once again create an unforgettable experience of sensations and emotions.

Much owes the island to its geomorphology and the existence of this active cluster of craters: from its unique agricultural products to its shocking and world-famous image.

An annual tribute to the volcano, which never sleeps … on Saturday September 15, 2018.

Experience the unique experience from the balcony of Athina Luxury Suites and at the award-winning Esperisma gourmet restaurant that has prepared for that evening a special menu to travel your senses!

Did you know that?

Volcanoes began in 1991, during a concert in August, when the sky was lit with fireworks for irrelevant reasons. The spectacle was excited so … the event was born! It is a unique experience that has lived millions of visitors to the island so far. Apart from the millions of visitors who enjoy their holidays each year in Santorini, there are many people who come just to watch this wonderful spectacle that can cause many emotions. Indeed, some more adventurous boats come to live on the Caldera!

See how the night is day in Santorini and… Imagine what happened in the great explosion…

For another year Santorini turned into the largest and most beautiful balcony in the world and forces Greeks and foreigns to bow in front of the incredible beauty of the first tourist destination in Greece.

Watch the video from last year: 

 

Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri, Santorini.

Akrotiri is the most prominent archaeological site in Santorini and one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean.

The findings of the excavations began in 1967 by Greek archeologist Spyridon Marinatos in order to prove his theory that the collapse of the Minoan civilisation was due to the massive volcanic eruption of Santorini. He went on until his death in 1974, when the archaeologist Christos Doumas took over and till today he continues his work with remarkable results.

The History of an Ancient Civilisation

Like the Roman ruins of Pompeii, the remains of the Minoan town of Akrotiri are remarkably well-preserved. The settlement was all but obliterated in the middle of the second millennium BC, when the volcano it sat upon, Thera, erupted, and its inhabitants fled. The volcanic matter enveloped the entire island of Santorini and the town itself, preserving the buildings and their contents, and visitors can still identify houses and pots.

Unlike Pompeii, no human remains have been found at Akrotiri, and only one gold object was found on the site, suggesting that the Minoans performed an orderly evacuation before the eruption, and they had time to take their valuables before they fled.

The Minoan civilisation existed on Crete and its surrounding Greek islands, and flourished from approximately 3600 BC to 1400 BC. The eruption of Thera has been credited with its demise; geologists have called it the most destructive natural event in recorded history. The town of Akrotiri was an outpost of Crete which dates back to the third millennium BC and gradually developed into one of the main ports and urban centres of the Aegean.

Nowadays

The archaeological site of Akrotiri, which lies on the southwestern tip of Santorini, gives visitors the opportunity to admire and walk through the sheltered settlement. Furthermore, significant finds from Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, such as pottery, jewellery, marble figurines, tools, utensils and impressive wall paintings. Some famous frescoes can also be admired in the National Archaeological Museum, in Athens. A visit to the museum but, more importantly, to the archaeological site of Akrotiri constitutes a unique experience and can transfer visitors to the distant past.

Did you know that? 

A Bronze age settlement on the Greek island of Santorini might have been the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis. In his dialogues Timaios and Kritias, Plato wrote of an island on which there was “a great and wonderful empire,” which was suddenly destroyed. “There occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth,” Plato wrote, “and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”

Location

Akrotiri (Promontory) is located at the southwestern tip of the island, 15 km from Fira. It is a real promontory, with sheer cliff shores stretching three miles west of the southernmost part of Santorini.

You may ask our reception at Athina Luxury Suites for the tours and activities with visit of Excavations of Akrotiri.