Museum of Prehistoric Thira
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Museum of Prehistoric Thira

Museum of Prehistoric Thira
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Using finds from various excavations, this museum traces the course of prehistoric Thira from the late Neolithic to the late Cycladic I period.
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  • Dan123
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it!
    Reviews suggest you might as well go here as long as you're on Santorini. I kindly disagree. This is a must-see. The museum may be small, but its collection is top notch. Well-curated, and you'd have to be an amazing expert not to come away having learned a lot.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Sabastian Acker... B
    Old Tappan, New Jersey36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very much open, closed Tuesday.
    Reports of the museums demise are greatly exaggerated. This was a wondrous and exquisite experience that puts the full history and geography of Thera into context. A perfect compliment to the archeological site where all the exhibits are derived. But “don’t touch” will be a constant - polite - refrain as many pieces are with arms reach. A truly unique experience I recommend it highly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • LondonUKTraveller
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compliments Akratiri
    Definitely not closed! This is an interesting small museum that compliments the site at Akratiri, if you have visited the site (or even if you haven't) this puts the find into context. The exhibits are accompanied by excellent descriptions so you know what you are looking at. What blew my mind is how well preserved everything is given it's all over 4000 years old!! It won't take long to get round, but I suspect in years to come there will be more on view as they uncover more at the site, definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Susan T
    93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “must” if you have been to Akrotiri
    Fab value for €6. If you take your time it’s probably an hour and a half around. It is worth it just to see the wall paintings from Akrotiri and the beautiful golden ibex. If you have been / are going to Akrotiri it is an absolute must do. Most of the information is in both English and Greek and it was informative.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • 649001
    294 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little museum with rude employees
    This is a small but interesting museum with Minoan collections. It worth a quick visit. The museum opens early (8.30) but closes very early as well (15.30). The museum employee was not nice and said that I could not take a photo with a huge vase since it was "posing" (I was just standing nearby to show the vase's size)! Then he proceeded to follow us to other rooms to prevent "an offense" which was rude. The restrooms didn't work and were closed (how could it be?)
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
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robjwhitby
London, UK20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
What chaos! They sell tickets continuously, but let only about 20 people into the museum at a time meaning that a huge group of people is forced to congregate outside in the tiny entrance hall waiting for their number to be called. Controlling one covid risk by creating an even bigger one. Disaster. The museum itself is amazing - a must see.
Written August 15, 2021
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LakridsKaffe
United Kingdom134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful visit. The museum is small but very interesting, full of details and plenty of sculptures, vases and paintings to keep you walking around for an hour. It is well structured in a one-way system as to not get too crowded. I felt I learned a lot and developed an appreciation for the items on display. A definite must-see. We visited toward the end of the day and it was nice and quiet so can recommend this.
Written September 21, 2021
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Christelle P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The museum is pretty but very small, big drawback: we had 1 hour of waiting in the sun being about thirty people in the line and the blonde lady at the reception lets people pass who were at the end of the line in front of everyone which is SHAMEFUL! So not normal, discrimination !!! Several people told her that the people had doubled but the lady did not want to know! Personal not at all friendly. Rather go see the museum « Lignos folklore museum » ou « archaeological muséum of thera ».

Date : 14/08/2021
Written August 17, 2021
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Graham R
Tamworth, UK116 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited the site at Akrotiri and were 'upsold' a ticket that gave entry to this museum also. She did not say it was valid for three days only, and it did not say so on the ticket (unless in Greek, which needless to say I can't read!). When trying to use the ticket for this museum we were refused entry saying it was over three days old.
Now we visited Akrotiri o the 19th, and yesterday was the 22nd, and in my book of maths 22 - 19 = 3 !!
To be honest we are nnot wealthy people at all and I was not prepared to pay another 12 eur for the two of us, and felt quite ripped off. My wife is registered disabled and it took an effort to walk up a steep hill from the nearest car park, and I have to say the "lets screw the tourist' attitude is not necessary. Really, I would not recommend you bother with this place, the people aren't nice
Written October 23, 2023
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linascorza
Washington DC, DC13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great museum. A must for anyone interested in Minoan history and art. Highlights from the collection include the frescoes from the ancient city of Akrotiri, the gold ibis statuette, and fossils of olove leaves and olives from the time the volcano erupted in the 17 C BC.
Written October 4, 2020
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KateAnnT
Surrey, UK200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
You need to see this museum AND the ruins of Akrotiri or neither makes much sense. as it is, neither of them provides enough information in terms of guide books or audio toursthat we could find. They offer an in person guide at Akrotiri that we did not take because we didn't realise there would be very little else to explain the site apart from some wall posters and a 3 minute video. The museum is the same - a few wall plaques offering minimum detail and not a lot else that we saw. However the quality of the exhibits is very high and some are very well preserved so we very much enjoyed viewing it all. Recommend you go here before you visit Akrotiri.
Written April 17, 2022
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Kevin L
Bath, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
It was a treat to see all the major finds from Akrotiri under one roof in a spacious modern museum. The Minoan culture deserves to be more widely celebrated. The bronze age frescos are incredible and bring to life a hitherto forgotten world until recently buried under the lava. It demonstrates how even an advanced culture can be wiped from history by an act of nature.

The museum should make it clear there are two floors, the basement being easily missed as there is no signage to guide people there.
Written October 9, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira was very different to the Archeology Museum and had a lot of the finds from the excavations of ancient Thira. There was a timeline route to follow and plenty of descriptions and information in English.

The wall paintings were really quite incredible, as was the pottery. Especially taken in context that it was nearly 4000 years old and we didn't reach that level of sophistication until the Romans forced it upon us nearly 2000 years later. We spent nearly an hour there before wandering back to the hotel.
Written October 8, 2020
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genibre69
London, UK5,134 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Definitely not worth the €6 entrance fee. The ground floor is mostly pottery, shards and similar artifacts although the mosaics are interesting especially the blue monkeys, but only at the end of the ground floor exhibit. The subfloor however has beautiful mosaics: quite different than the Roman ones I’m accustomed to. Still, was only inside overall about max 20 minutes. Everything is translated into English and you get a mini English museum pamphlet with the admission fee. There’s no air con indeed but the museum is spacious enough and it’s not crowded so didn’t feel too hot. Toilets are out of order though which is unacceptable!
Written July 10, 2023
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smvNYC
New York City, NY359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We spent an hour before taking the bust to Akrothiri. I think this was an excellent choice as we were able to understand a lot of what we would see next. The museum has beautifully preserved artifacts from the many archeological excavations on the island band especially from Akrotiri. The museum was following COVID practices so there were not too many visitors.
Written August 15, 2021
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