Museum of Prehistoric Thira, Fira

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Featuring artifacts uncovered on the island, Museum of Prehistoric Thira 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 Thira and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fira using our Fira travel itinerary planner.
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  • Small but impressive museum that exhibits the finding from Akrotiri. Well worth the visit. Better to buy the full ticket of 15 euro to see all 3 archealogical sites of Santorini. 
    Small but impressive museum that exhibits the finding from Akrotiri. Well worth the visit. Better to buy the full ticket of 15 euro to see all 3 archealogical sites of Santorini.  more »
  • Wonderful if you have visit BEFORE the prehistoric excavations in Akrotiri. Then you know exactly in which of the excavated houses the items and wall paintings have been found. 
    Wonderful if you have visit BEFORE the prehistoric excavations in Akrotiri. Then you know exactly in which of the excavated houses the items and wall paintings have been found.  more »
  • Monday, 2nd May. The museum should be open, nevertheless it is closed and nobody answers the phone. Ancient Thira was closed as well, but you discover that only when you get to the top of the hill... 
    Monday, 2nd May. The museum should be open, nevertheless it is closed and nobody answers the phone. Ancient Thira was closed as well, but you discover that only when you get to the top of the hill...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum exhibiting all items excavated at Akrotiri. Amazing how these exhibits have been preserved. Information boards in English as well as Greek. Well worth visiting. Don't miss the fact that there are two floors of exhibits. It would have been easy to miss that there is downstairs too as signposting was minimal.
  • Very small but full. Informative cards in English and a decent description. However, I twice tried to explain to my wife how some of the pottery could be dated by the decoration and I was shushed by the docent. At that minute a guide was loudly describing the ladies house frescos, and I was not as loud as her. This isn't a graveyard or a library. If no one can speak except the paid guides just watch the YouTube at home.
  • Exceptional frescoes, unbelievable to consider how ancient they are. Better than the ruins themselves. Be sure to go downstairs, it is not signposted, but that has some of the best exhibits.
  • Really interesting place. Lovely write ups in Greek and in English with some interesting pieces showcasing the history of the islands.
  • Very neat little museum. Worthwhile if you’ve already been to Knossos, as it has many artifacts in a similar style which

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