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Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Fira
(4.1/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Featuring artifacts uncovered on the island, Museum of Prehistoric Thera represents Thira's prehistoric centuries with artifacts excavated from nearby Akrotiri and Potamos. Items are divided into four units representing: the history of research, Thira’s geology, the history of the island between the late Neolithic to late Cycladic Period I, and the city’s peak at Akrotiri. Examine pottery and marble figurines that are thousands of years old, and see the changes in pottery as Thira progressed through the centuries. The artifacts from Thira’s heyday paint a picture of how Therans lived in the 17th century BCE. To visit Museum of Prehistoric Thera on your trip to Fira, use our Fira tour planner.
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  • The museum is located in the center of Fira. Parking space is sparse. The museum shows a lot of the very ancient history of Fira from the Bronze Age which is really interesting. Little note: Posing fo...  more »
  • The museum is not big, but very well done and definitely worth to visit if you have enough time on Santorini. Exposition is interesting with good signs. 
  • The exhibition is strongly recommended during a stay in Santorini. The history of the island is explained very well and the finds from Akrotiri are exhibited here. The caption does not exist in English. The collection is more extensive than that of the archaeological museum.
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  • The main goal of our visit to Santorini and a absolute must for any history- or archaeologic freak like me! The almost complete collection of the beautiful pottery and wall-paintings (the beautiful and elegant ladies, the blue monkeys and the papyruses) and a chronological overview of the finds at the excavation site of Akrotiri. From early stone age to late bronze age, with the emphasis on the time of the eruption of the island in the late 17th century BC. Even two bronze daggers and the recently found gold ibex! A humbling experience to realize that people more than 3600 years ago were so sophisticated and beauty loving!
  • Good for a quick visit - it won't take you very long and is 6€ if you don't have any discounts. Most of the stuff found here is from the Arkotiri dig and dates from 17th century BC. Anything that old commands some respect and there are some genuinely interesting pieces - not that many of them though.
  • Its worth a quick visit if you are in Santorini and a history afficiando. The museum all on one floor, houses the remains from ancient thira which give the background of the people and link of the trade between the ancient civilization and neighbouring crete, and the volcanic eruption which created the present day cycladic island of Santorini. Can be augmented by a visit to the ruins in Santorini. Be careful of the timings. The museum shuts at 3pm.
  • Interesting place. Worth a visit if your on the island. It's small, so you likely don't need to budget more than a couple hours.
  • Small but extremely interesting museum and a must see if you are going to the site or have been to the site. Before they built his museum all the stuff from the site was in Athens (with no accompanying information). In addition to the amazing wall paintings (Blue Monkeys; Ladies and Papyri) this museum has neolithic pottery, early cycladic marble figurines and one of my fave things was some leave preserved in lava! The museum endeavors to tell the story of Thera in prehistoric times. The locals worked hard to get this built! Go and support it. Note it closes early at 3pm and is closed on Mondays.