Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Fira

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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. Arrange your visit to Museum of Prehistoric Thera and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fira using our Fira travel itinerary planner.
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  • I could feel the people that lived there thousands of years ago. Amazing technology, beautiful frescoes, makes one wonder about humanity  more »
  • We visited this Museum at the end of July. The visit takes at most an hour, the route comprises explanatory panels quite clear in English about what is found in the cases. Recommend to visit because there are exhibits that relate to the main archaeological sites of the island (Akrotiri and ancient Thera). The price for the entrance to the Museum only is €6 per person (adults)
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  • The Museum interesting where we find the main pieces from ancient Thera (it is also interesting to visit, even if the rise - if we do it on - foot is a bit long...).
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  • Good background on the initial civilisation of the island and its creation, tours really kill the quiet though.
  • Always a good educational piece! If you've got 15mins you can walk to centre Fira and find this historic building with a load of findings from a dig site not so far from there. Alot of what you will see is mainly pottery and the tools used, with some wall art from as early as 1800b.c.
  • This museum is excellent with really important findings. I would recommend getting a combined ticket and visiting also the ruins of the ancient city in Akrotiri.
  • Interesting museum. Would have expected more copies of wall paintings. Gift shop missing, but who cares?
  • Wonderful musium. Very informative and well organized.

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The most unique way to experience Fira is to stay in one of its famous cave hotels or cliffside suites. The city in Santorini also has many spas and hotels to accommodate the massive waves of summer tourists on this island, and few are cheap. For more affordable options, venture further away from the cliffside. Or, if you're willing to spend a bit more on lodging, opt for a caldera view. There are a number of homes and villas for rent here as well, just be sure to check with your host about how exactly to get to your lodging, as many places are not accessible by road and require a journey by foot along stone steps.
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