Santorini island is one of the most iconic Greek destinations and is globally known to be one of the best places to spend your  summer vacations. Some of the reasons that attract thousands of visitors to the island every year are: Its traditional architecture, its azure blue sea and of course its great volcano, which is one of the most-known volcanoes in the world.  Santorini is a brilliant example of how tolerant the human kind can be, facing extreme challenges of nature, as it has been inhabited since 1.500 BC  during the neolithic era.

Once you visit Santorini you will understand that the island is so much more than a simple tourist attraction, that will offer you fun on your holidays. Santorini is a place with a long history, that you should definitely learn in order to experience your vacation to Its fullest. If you are wondering what is the right way to do so, the answer is of course by touring on Santorini Museums. 

Museum of Minerals & Fossils in Perissa

As a first stop we recommend you to visit the Museum of Minerals & Fossils in Perissa. The museum was founded in 2006 and its exhibits include fossils and minerals of Santorini but also from all over the world. The oldest exhibits that you can admire on your museum tour date back  up to 1.5 billion years ago.

Fossils constitute a great source of information around the evolution of Fauna and Flora in Santorini but all over the world as well. Among the exhibits you can find some plant fossils of great importance such as olive, mastic and palm trees, originated from  the area of Caldera. The age of those findings is estimated to be between 50.000 and 60.000 years. One of the most breath- taking exhibits among them is an olive tree brunch, having the impressive length of two meters.

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

The museum of Prehistoric Thera is located at the capital of the island and although its construction started in 1970, it opened for public view in 2000. The museum hosts exhibits coming from various excavations that were carried out on the island over the years, although the vast majority of the findings come from  the excavations of Potamos and Akrotiri.  Taking a  closer look at the exhibits displayed at the museum,  the visitors have the chance to see the prominent regional civilization of prehistoric Thera unfolding before their eyes through advanced pottery and art findings indicating that the island was the center of vital importance during the minoan era.

Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum

Koutsoyiannopoulos wine museum is located in Kamari Village and is nested in a cave 8 meters below the ground. Walking through the 300 m long cave the museum visitors can unravel the history of the viticulture on the island. The exhibits include mobile wax-work  representations of different stages of the traditional vining process such as the cultivation, the harvest and the wine trading.  In the museum there is also a great selection of photos and newspapers referring to the viticulture of the island. Finally, the visitors of Koutsoyannopoulos museum can also take part in the wine tastings, taking place to specially chambers.

Naval Maritime Museum in Oia

In Oia, you can discover the Νaval Maritime Museum, one of the most important Santorini museums. The museum was founded in 1956  by the captain Antonis Coronias , who had already been collecting maritime souvenirs and objects of Santorini. Since 1990 the museum has been housed in a renovated 19th-century house donated by Oia’s resident Dina Manolessou-Birbili. The most interesting exhibits in the museum include old maritime equipment, paintings of sailing vessels and ship models. In the Museum you can also find a great archive of old  photographs and a library, in order  to learn more information about the naval past of Oia.

Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos

If you are keen on knowing more about the folklore and the traditions of Santorini you would definitely enjoy a visit at the folklore museum of Emmanuel Lignos. The museum is located at Fira and is housed at a traditional cave house, which was built in 1861. The set-up of the museum is indicative of the decoration that the traditional houses of Santorini had, back at the beginning of the 20th century.  The house has two halls, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a cellar for food storage.

Moreover, the house has a domestic winery full of  barrels and antique winemaking equipment.The Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos  is one of the greatest Santorini museums, as it gives its visitors a chance to have a quite realistic glimpse about the island’s recent past.

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