The Museum of Prehistoric Thera (Santorini) is an extension to the world-famous archaeological site of Akrotiri, the “Pompeii of the Aegean.” Inaugurated in the year 2000, this modern Museum houses spectacular finds from the Bronze Age settlement, which was buried under layers of ash following a powerful volcanic eruption in the late 17th century BC, including well-preserved wall frescoes and portable objects (marble figurines, pottery, bronze implements, and so on).

The Museum also hosts objects dating as far back as the 5th millennium BC, charting the course of cultural development in the Aegean region from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) to Akrotiri’s seismic destruction. The permanent exhibition also showcases the excavation of the site by renowned Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos, as well as a detailed history of the island’s complex and dynamic geology.