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Museum tours and travels, Santorini
Santorini is an unique and beautiful Greek island with it’s long history and rich culture. The museums of Santorini are the best alternative to understand the history and tradition of this island. The museums of Santorini includes archaeological, prehistoric Thira, Maritime themes and wine making as discussed bellow.
Archaeological Museum, Santorini
The Archaeological Museum of Santorini is located in Fira just opposite the cable car station or on the main road with many precious findings from various excavations occurred on the Island.
This historical and cultural archaeological Museum of Fira shows a great collection of remarkable sculpture and frescos during the Hellenistic and Roman period. It also exhibits impressive works of art and culture from the prehistoric period.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira – The Santorini Ancient Thira museum
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira can be found in the capital of Santorini Fira. This museum exhibits archaeological findings and frescos from the ancient Akrotiri. However many other finds from the excavation of the Akrotiri excavations are imported from ancient Crete and northeast Aegean Island.
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera can provide you very interesting information about the culture, architecture and structure of the ancient city of Akrotiri.
This museum also exhibits the nice display of wall paintings, pottery, and jewelry.
The Naval maritime Museum of Santorini
The Naval museum of Santorini is situated in the village of Oia. A house of 19th century has been recovered which turned to be a museum that provides the glimpse and evidence of maritime history of Thira. This museum gives a clear indication of prosperity of the Oia during 19th century and early 20th century.
The museum exhibits the source of income and life style of maritime history. The economy of of people maritime was greatly depending upon the Trading of agricultural products (wine, wheat, cotton), investing in shipping companies and transportation. The museum consists of a small library. The two story captains’ houses, which were built on the highest part of the village, give the trace of their former prosperity.
The Folklore Museum Santorini
The Folklore Museum is located in Kontohori, Fira. The museum was built in an old cave house of 1861. The visitors can find varieties of objects in this museum such as traditional winery, cavern, traditional workshops, art gallery of Santorini, and history. You can get a wide idea about the way of living of the people of Santorini few years ago.
Santorini Wine Museum
Santorini Wine Museum is an under ground museum established in a natural cave house in the village of Messaria. This museum is extended for 300 meters and situated bellow 6 meters from earth's surface. The underground wine museum of Santorini exhibits the history of local wine and the life of vine growers during the time from 1660 to 1970.
Megaron Gyzi Museum is situated in Fira, just behind the Catholic cathedral. This is an unique museum in Greece, which display the memory of before and after 1956 earth quake. It clearly displays the damage and destruction of 1956 earthquake through photographs. By visiting this museum, visitors can understand how devastating the 1956 earthquake and how did it change the face of Santorini within few minutes.