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“A must see after visiting Akrotiri”

Museum of Prehistoric Thera
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia and Fira, including Museum of...
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Owner description: Using finds from various excavations, this museum traces the course of prehistoric Thira from the late Neolithic to the late Cycladic I period.
Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A must see after visiting Akrotiri”
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

This is a fascinating museum mainly but not solely consisting of finds from Akrotiri including some of the fantastic wall paintings brought back from the National Museum in Athens. It's opposite the taxi office (few know where the museum is, everyone knows the other!) Without the museum exhibits the Akrotiri site might have been an anticlimax. Not so now.... Great value too. Closes 1430ish

Visited May 2013
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“Buried treasures”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A great place to visit if you are interested in the ancient history of Thera. Small museum in fira only €3 each to get in and it is full of treasures. Beautiful frescos, pottery and other artifacts. It includes Information about ancient Thera and the ancient site of Akrotiri. Jewel in the collection is a gold ibex figurine.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Surprise yourself”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

This is one of the best small museums in the world. It’s hard to believe that civilization was so advanced 5,000 year ago. You could spend hours in the museum, just looking at each individual item. Most of them are very well preserved and makes it easy to take a few photos. The exhibition includes Neolithic pottery, early Cycladic marble figures and metal artefacts, even fossils of plants. I reckon is a good idea to visit the excavations at Akrotiri before going to the museum.The museum is located at the centre of Fira near the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. The building is new, clean and well air-conditioned. I didn’t want to leave this place. We will certainly visit again.

Visited June 2012
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Don't miss this if you went to Akrotiri archeological site.”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The displays of pottery are superb, the frescos are wonderful and the golden animal a gem, a history that is not to be missed. During economic stress, there are early closings and if cruise ships are in they may flock here by late morning so come early, 8 to 9 am and beat the crowds.

Visited April 2013
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Chania Town, Greece
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“Don't miss it”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

A visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Times of Thera is a must. The visit to Santorini it is not copleted unless you go and see the very interesting pieces of fine art and tools of the colection that is housed in the museum. All the pieces are from the site of Akrotiri that was covered by lava more than 3600 years ago. We nearly missed it because they don't promote it much. In my opinion it is a very nice museum easy to see and understand everything without the help of a tourist guide. There is a small entry fee I dont't remember how much but it wasn't much. It is money well spent though.Fira is not big place and is very easy to find it just ask the locals to show you the way you can go by foot.

Visited March 2013
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