May 18, 2016

International Museum Day

The International Museum Day is celebrated each year on the 18th of May. Therefore, we recommend that you “dive” into the rich history of the island you have all loved! Entrance to the public museums and the archaeological sites is free.
The prehistoric town of Akrotiri is often compared to Pompeii, although it is about 1,700 years older! Walk the streets of the ancient village destroyed by the world’s most violent eruption! Οpen 08.00 - 20.00

Museum of Prehistoric Thera
This modern museum hosts some of the stunning findings from the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The history and geology of the island and the development of Akrotiri are exhibited here and impress the visitor, together with the famous frescoes, jewellery and ceramics.
• Highlight: The unique gold object found during the excavations stands out. It is a gold ibex figurine which was discovered in its wooden box and dates back to the 17th century BC. Οpen 08.00 - 15.00

Ancient Thera
Ancient Thera was the first colony founded after the Minoan eruption of the 1613 BC. The island had remained uninhabited for several centuries until the Spartans, led by King Theras, colonized the island and established their capital city on Mesa Vouno mountain. The ruins that stand today are of the Hellenistic period and the findings of the excavations are housed in the Archaeological Museum. Οpen 08.00 - 15.00

Archaeological Museum
The museum hosts sculptures of the Hellenistic period, Byzantine works of art and even some remains of prehistoric times.
• Highlight: The Thirean amphora dating from the 7th century BC with the geometric decoration and shapes. Οpen 08.00 - 15.00