The Archaeological Museum
In Fira, the island’s capital, stands the Archaeological Museum in which are housed finds representing the island’s long history. The Museum contains collections of sculpture (ranging from the Archaic to the Roman period), inscriptions (ranging from the Archaic to the Roman period) and vases and clay figurines (dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods).
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera, located in the island’s capital Fira, is not an ordinary provincial museum. Its special contents, masterpieces of art in the prehistoric Aegean, such as the famous wall-paintings and the unique gold ibex figurine, place it on a par with the Acropolis Museum of Classical Greece (Parthenon sculptures) and the Vergina Museum of Northern Greece.
Three-dimensional life-size reproductions of the wall paintings that were found in Akrotiri are exhibited at Santozeum Museum in Fira. The reproductions depict almost every wall painting of Akrotiri and offer a unique opportunity to be observed in their total.
The Naval Museum
Located in Oia, the Naval Museum houses all kinds of displays featuring marine objects which trace the maritime history of the island, especially during the 19th century. Priceless objects of great ship owners, rich photographic material and a library, are all recording year by year the important role of Therans in the glorious history of the Greek Navy.
The Folklore Museum
The Folklore Museum is located in Kontochori, Fira, in a cave-house built in 1861. The museum displays workshops of carpenters, barrel makers, shoemakers and blacksmiths as well as an original old winery, a gallery with works of local current artists and document archives.
The Megaron Gyzi Museum
It is housed in a 17th century old family mansion in Fira. The Museum hosts six permanent collections: Authentic engravings with maps, landscapes and dresses – Old theraic public and private historical manuscripts – Paintings with Santorini as theme – Paintings, donated by L. Pintos couple ) – Old photographs of Santorini – Santorini΄s strata.
Santorini of the Past Cultural Village
It can be found in an old canava in Pyrgos and gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy a museum-like collection of artifacts and photographs. This collection reflects the bygone traditional way of life of the island as well as the economic activities of the inhabitants of the time.
The Wine Museum
The Wine Museum is located on the premises of the winery “Volcan Wines” which belongs to the Koutsoyannopoulos family, on the way to Kamari beach, presenting the history of wine on Santorini from 1660 up to date.
Located in Messaria, it is one of the most notable and more recently build monuments of Santorini that combines the traditional Theraic architecture with neoclassic elements, offering you an authentic sight of the Greek cultural heritage. The furnishings and the household effects of the building, as well as its exceptional ceiling paintings, are preserved until today.
The Icons and Relics Collection of Pyrgos
Aghia Triada that today houses the collection, used to be a catholic church of a small convent. The collection has icons with Cretan and local hagiographies, wooden sculptures and metal art works, pottery, embroideries and other items for ecclesiastic use dated mostly from the 17th and 18th century.
Museum of Musical Instruments
The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and Post Byzantine Musical Instruments is located in Oia and presents the collection of Christodoulos Halaris. The museum houses more than 80 instruments that were used in Greece from 2800 BC to the early 20th century. The instruments are accompanied by the artistic evidence available for each of them, like vases, figurines, sculptures, etc.
La Ponta, a 13th century tower, is located within the Venetian castle (Kasteli) of Akrotiri. The tower hosts a tsabouna – Greek folk wind instrument of the bagpipe family – exhibition and workshop along with traditional Greek percussion instruments and flutes.
Industrial Museum Tomato “D. Nomikos”
The historical tomato factory of D.Nomikos in Vlychada has been transformed into a modern Industrial Tomato Museum, offering its visitors a journey back to the industrial past of Santorini, by guiding them through the cultivation, processing and production of tomato. Given that tomato is one of the most famous and traditional products of Santorini, makes this experience a unique one. In the museum the visitor experiences all the traditional methods followed by the tomato producers of Santorini and at the same time, becomes acquainted with the museum exhibits.
In a restored old winery of 1861 in Exo Gonia, that houses contemporary paintings and sculptures, visitors have the opportunity to see how the wine of Santorini was produced and aged before the age of electricity. They can also view on display the basins reserved for the grape treading and the old wine mangle.
Source: Santorini Guidebook