Discover the history of Santorini island

 Discover the history of Santorini island

Are you about to visit Santorini Santorini car rental-i this year? If you are planning on going to Greece for your summer vacation then we have you covered! Except for the part that Santorini is an amazing island because of its beaches and activities, we believe that its history is a very important part of it too. This is why we decided to create a guide of Santorini’s museums.

In this article you are going to find whatever you will need in order to learn more about the history of this great island. Stay tuned and keep reading to find more information!

Rent a car in Santorini

But first it would be nice to warn you about the means of transport in Santorini. It is true that the island’s bus routes are few and they are probably going to be inconvenient for families or seniors. This is why we would suggest renting a car at the airport or at the port of Santorini –Santorini airport car rental.

This way you are going to enjoy your vacation in Santorini without any fuss or inconveniences. Plus you will be able to see all of the museums and fun attractions of the island as they are not gathered at one place but they are located in different parts of Santorini.

Prehistoric Museum of  Thira

It is located in Fira and is one of the most important and unique museums in Greece, as it is  the first of its kind Regional Museum. It hosts the excavations of the Archaeological Society of Athens from Akrotiri, the old excavations of the German Archaeological Institute at Potamos, the excavations of the EPS Ephorate of Antiquities in various places of Thera, from collections and traditions.


The museum is considered an extension of the archeological site of Akrotiri, as it houses the frescoes and the movable finds of this urban center in the period of its great prosperity (17th century BC). The volcano warned the inhabitants of Akrotiri and so they managed to take with them valuable items such as weapons, jewelry. The findings concern ceramic utensils, murals, jars and general utensils that have to do with the gastronomy of the time.

Exhibits of prehistoric museum

The murals show scenes from people’s lives or travel experiences. In cooking utensils we will see plant (lilies, yolks) and animal (deer, dolphins, bulls) representations. The permanent exhibition of the museum is housed on the second floor of the building (third level), with an area of ​​600 sq.m., while the first floor (second level) usually houses periodic exhibitions, which allow the large material of the warehouses occupied by the ground floor of the building (first level).

Sections of exhibits

The exhibits are structured in four sections, which refer to the history of Thera, its geology, the Late Neolithic to the Late Early Cycladic period (early 17th century BC) and the peak of the settlement of Akrotiri (Late Cycladic period).

In the last section, in particular, the various aspects presented concern the design and architecture of the city and its organization as an urban center, the emerging bureaucratic system, the development of the art of murals, the various ceramics, the jewelry, the mutual influences between of angiography and frescoes with the city as well as the network of contacts of the island with the outside world. One of the most important Museums in Santorini and one of the unique in Greece with prehistoric content.

Working hours
Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Sunday: 8: 00-15: 00
Fira – Santorini: +30 22860-22217

 Archaeological Museum of Santorini

The museum houses the culture of Santorini from the Archaic to the Roman period. The earthquakes of 1956 destroyed the building that had been housed since 1902 and so from 1960 the new museum was built in Fira. In its rooms it hosts collections of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period, as well as ceramic vases and clay figurines from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period.

The most important exhibits are the Thira amphora with geometric decoration dating from the beginning of the 7th century BC, the large volcanic stone (tracheitis) weighing 480 kg, as well as many findings from the excavations in the cemetery of Ancient Thira, such as amphorae and ceramic objects, but also ancient kouros.

Working hours:
Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Sunday: 8: 30-15: 00
Fira – Santorini: +30 22860 22217.

Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos

The Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignou is located in Kontochori 1 km from the center of Fira. The building where the museum is housed is very old from 1861. The museum is housed in a cave house and shows a typical traditional house in a village of Santorini.

One can see the household and the social life of a family in Santorini. It is worth visiting to admire the representation of life in Santorini before the tourist development of the island. The Folklore Museum was founded by Emmanuel A. Lignos, lawyer, journalist and director of the newspaper “Thiraika Nea”. The

If you are looking to have fun and at the same time learn about the history of the island then this article might have helped you. We hope that you are going to visit the museums we mentioned earlier and that you will enjoy your vacation in the beautiful island of Santorini!

See more about Santorini Rent a car: