Museum is small, but very informative, and there is an excellent Museum Catalog book available that has a lot of the captions and photos in it.
I was so glad when they built this little gem of a museum. I first came to the island not long after the discovery of Akrotiri ('77) and you could see the tops of the pithoi peeking through the dirt and to see them now enshrined in this museum among the magnificent wall frescoes is really very special. You can imagine how it might have been. For years all the art was carried away to Athens where it was preserved (there are some still there in the National Museum) and it is nice to see a lot of it 'come home'. You must visit BOTH the site and the museum and I can't decide whether going to the site or the museum first would be best. Either way you will get a picture of this ancient civilization abandoned in situ before the giant volcanic eruption that swallowed it whole until it was uncovered by modern men. TIP: Pay attention to the opening and closing hours!!! We showed up when it had just closed and had to come back the next day. Luckily we could...don't take a chance on missing this or the site. Hours and days are varied.
Being an enthusiast of history artifacts and museums, although it was a bit small, I did enjoy learning about the pieces they had on display.
A very interesting Museum!In the center of Fira town,worth visiting The paintings of AKrotiri excavations.One should visit both sites!
its cool because there are guides, i believe the entrance is free or very cheap, and it's indoors which makes it cool to walk around and not as hot in the summer.
Worth the short bus ride, to see the ancient site. Excavated building and town. Descriptions are ok. Tour guide would help with understanding, hire one at entrance.
This museum is amazing and it is a must for everyone who like archaeology and history. Even if you are not much into this kind of things, I'm sure you'll be greatly surprised about what you'll see there!
Really worthwhile doing the tour to get an idea of the way life was lived so long ago.Just hope that the funding needed to continue this marvelous facility is forthcoming.
Amazing museum with incredible historical findings. I was so impressed. Very nice lined up in the museum with a historical line. Very close to the taxi and the centre of Fira.