Museum of Prehistoric Thera

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Museum of Prehistoric Thera
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Taking a trip to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a great way to finish exploring the ruins of Santorini's ancient cities. This tiny museum in the heart of Thira houses frescoes and other archaeological treasures found during the excavation of Ancient Akrotiri, which was destroyed by the volcanic eruption that made Santorini look like it does today. Some of the pieces here date back several thousand years (some of the pottery on display is leftover from 3,000 BC) and offer insight into early human life on the Greek Islands, making this an interesting place to check out if you're keen to learning more about the island's history.

Travelers who visited said this is best explored after your visit to Akrotiri, as many say it gives greater context to the story of Ancient Akrotiri. Also having an interest in art or history helps. As visitors who weren't big on either found the museum to be a bit boring. However, the museum is pretty small, so even if you have just the slightest interest, a visit here won't take up lots of your time (some travelers said they spent only about 20 minutes here). 

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is about 3 euros (around $3.38 per person. The best way to get to the museum is on foot if you're traveling from within Fira, but you'll need to take a taxi if you're staying in another part of Santorini.

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