The Prehistoric Thira Museum gives visitors through exhibits significant information about the island up to 17o century BC Most of the exhibits, which will impress you, they are from the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, which was the most important centers in Greece to 18o and the 17th century BC
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is unique in the Regional Museum. Houses finds from the excavations of the Archaeological Society at Athens Akrotiri from old excavations of the German Archaeological Institute in River position, from the excavations of the SO Antiquities in various positions of Thera, from collections and deliveries. The report is an attempt to outline the course of Thera in prehistoric times through selected findings from the thousands that exist in warehouses, a course dynamic and creative which made the southernmost island of the Cyclades one of the most important Aegean center in the 18th and 17th century B.C.
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 c.). Alongside hosts findings from many other places of Thera dating from the 5th millennium BC (Newer Neolithic Period) as the 17th century. B.C. and show the passage of various cultures from the Aegean Sea in a long period of prehistory. Noteworthy is the fact that all the exhibits are in excellent state of conservation.
Even the exterior of the museum is stunning and the exhibits are explained in a very clear and interesting way. The exhibits are divided into four sections for the convenience of visitors and is:
– The history of research in Thira.
– The geology in Thira.
– Early 17th century BC (Neolithic, Cycladic I Age)
– Thriving quality scale of Cape Town (I Cycladic Era, 17th century).
The most impressive part of the museum exhibition is the last in which findings are presented as marble Cycladic idols, pottery, metal objects, jewelry, etc.. Also presented data on the architecture of the city, its organization and the network with the rest of the world.
The most important exhibits are the paintings and the unique gold agalmatidio aigagrou.
The museum’s permanent exhibition is housed on the second floor of the building (third level), with an area of 600 square meters, while the first floor (second level) houses temporary exhibitions, allowing to the plethora of items held in storage in the ground floor building (first level).