Prehistoric Archaeological and Naval Museum

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, is one of the most important in Greece. It houses finds from the excavations of the Archaeological Society at Athens Akrotiri from old excavations of the German Archaeological Institute, the excavations of CA Antiquities in various positions.

The exhibition is an attempt to outline the course of Thera in prehistoric times through selected findings from the thousands that exist in warehouses, a course that has the southernmost island of the Cyclades one of the most important Aegean center in the 18th and 17th centuries BC .

The museum can be seen as an extension of the archaeological site of Akrotiri, since it houses frescoes and mobile findings of this urban center in the period of great prosperity (17th bc.).

Meanwhile, it hosts findings from many other places of Thera dating from the 5th millennium BC (Late Neolithic period) till the 17th century. BC and show the passage of various cultures from the Aegean in a long period of Prehistory.

Thira from Neolithic Age to the seismic disaster. In the showcases of the hall C outlines the course of the island from the Late Neolithic Period (4500 BC) until the beginning of the Late Cycladic Period (early 17th cent.). Included Neolithic pottery, Early Cycladic figurines and vases, Cycladic pottery etc..

The discovery of an archaeological site. In the lobby (A) of the Museum exposed images and texts on the history of research of prehistoric Thera. Presents the excavations on the island in the late 19th century, in Thirasia Akrotiri and elsewhere.

The geology of Thera. The small exhibition in B recounts the geological process of Thira, with intense volcanic activity, which apparently started about before 1.5 million years.

The frescoes

Among the most impressive exhibits are the mural compositions  found in private and public buildings in the city of Akrotiri and are shown in the room D3: Women mural and Papyri, mural of Spring with erototropounta swallows, mural monkeys, African, Sevizontes monkeys, birds, floral motifs, are the best kno

The frescoes are very important because they give us valuable information about the life and the environment. Visitors have the opportunity to see the construction technique, as they are exhibited pots with traces of color pigments pieces and accessories. He can see the evolution of style, comparing with fragments of older frescoes.

Noteworthy are the numerous and luxurious clay vessels exhibited in the hall D4.


Jewelry, pottery, stone utensils

The jewelery found in Akrotiri are scarce, probably because the residents left the city before they took their valuables.

Beads and pins made of semiprecious stones, bone and copper and displayed in Room D6. The cosmopolitan character of Akrotiri and its relations with other regions of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean is the theme of the room D7. Exhibits pottery from different regions of the Aegean, stone utensils from Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean and exotic murals issues.




The permanent exhibition is housed on the second floor of the building (600 square meters). The first floor houses workshops and occasional exhibitions.

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An important event was the return to the island the majority of Akrotiriou findings which were hosted at the National Archaeological Museum.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera launched in March 2000 by the President of the Republic Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos.

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