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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Wandering New Yorker
New York City, NY96 contributions
Aug 2021
Don't miss this gem of a museum, particularly if you visit Akrotiri as all of the artefacts and frescos from Akrotiri have are on display here. They were a bit overwhelmed with crowd control due to covid restrictions so I would recommend timing your visit for either first thing in the morning or late afternoon. We ended up waiting about 45 mins. The exhibits were very well-done and displayed with excellent didactics. The frescos are extraordinary. Don't miss the lower level display (it would be easy to do, as it is not well-marked) to really get a sense of how the houses in Akrotiri were laid out.
Written August 31, 2021
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LakridsKaffe
United Kingdom126 contributions
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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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,924 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Great way to kill 45 minutes before the next bus comes. It's 1 minute away from the bus station and centrally located in Fira. IMPORTANT: If you are planning to ALSO go to Akrotiri or Ancient Thera, make sure you buy the 15 euro combo ticket. It includes all 3 sites. I think it's best to see this site first before Akrotiri because it houses some frescos from the ruins. Then when you visit Akrotiri you'll see which buildings it came from.
Written May 30, 2021
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robjwhitby
London, UK18 contributions
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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KateAnnT
Surrey, UK202 contributions
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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Christelle P
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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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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,084 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This museum contains some of the most amazing artefacts from archaeological work in Greece. The murals from Akrotiri are totally incredible. Fortunately we went down to the basement of the museum and saw these most amazing murals. We hadn’t seen these on our previous visit in 2017, and later talking to one of the guides on the upper storey we discovered that the basement area had only been open since August 2021. There was no signage or information indicating the presence of these murals so we were fortunate to go there. The museum is well worth going to and is included in the joint ticket that includes Akrotiri Archaeological Site and Ancient Thira.
Written May 28, 2022
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Kevin L
Bath, UK18 contributions
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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annaparn
Piraeus, Greece10,066 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
It is located in the city center of Fira, easy accessible by car with parking nearby. The exhibition is referring to the history of research at Thera, the island’s history from the Late Neolithic to the Late Cycladic I period. Although it’s small, various aspects are presented such as the plan and architecture of the city and its organization. It’s closed on Thursdays and the ticket costs 6€ for adults and 3€ for students
Written July 7, 2020
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Lana Pajdas
Athens, Greece6 contributions
Jun 2022
The island of Thira once has a prosperous culture, and houses with rich fresco paintings. Everything got suddenly covered by volcanic lava and ashes about 3700 years ago when a huge eruption of the island's volcano damaged not only Thira but the surrounding islands including Crete, due to a big tsunami that followed. In this museum, the visitor has a chance to understand how it all happened and how amazingly rich the island's culture was prior to the eruption.
Written July 11, 2022
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