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Archaeological Museum of Thera

Last Update: Apr 2014
Museum, Cultural heritage FIRA , SANTORINI , GREECE
(Est. 1902)
84700 FIRA , SANTORINI , GREECE
Tel.: +30 22860 22217 , Fax: +30 22860 22217
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Opening hours:
01Apr - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31Mar Tue-Sun, 0800-1500

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Archaeological Museum of Thera - Overview

  The Archaeological Museum of Thera is located near the Frankish quarter of Fira. The contemporary building was erected in the 1960’s in order to replace the 1902 museum building, which was severely damaged during the earthquakes of 1956.
  The exhibition includes finds from the ancient city and cemeteries of Thera, covering a time span from the early historic to the late Roman times.

  The Museum Collections include:
• Pottery and clay figurines, dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods (900 - 30 BC).
• Sculpture and inscriptions, dating from the Archaic to the end of the Roman period (700 BC - 324 AD).

  Among the most important exhibitis are:
Theran amphora with geometric decoration (Inv. no. 1783). Representative example of a local workshop, the production of which begins at the end of the 8th century BC and lasts until the 6th century BC. The amphora was found at the Archaic cemetery of Ancient Thera and dates from the beginning of the 7th century BC.
• Large pithos with relief decoration (Inv. no. 1320). A brilliant example of 7th century BC Cycladic art, but also the unique specimen on Thera. The metope on the neck of the vase is decorated with a swan and the band on the shoulder shows two chariots drawn by winged horses. It comes from a child-burial at the cemetery of Ancient Thera, on the north slope of Mt. Sellada. Dated to ca. 675 BC.
• Upper part of an Archaic funerary kouros (Inv. no. 306). It is one of the earliest known colossal statues, found at the cemetery of Ancient Thera, on the west slope of Sellada. Dated to the end of the 7th century BC.
• Torso of an Archaic funerary kouros (Inv. no. 307) from the cemetery of Ancient Thera, on the west slope of Sellada. Dated to the end of the 7th century BC.
Clay Daedalic figurine (Inv. no. 392) covered with painted decoration of which the colour is still well preserved. Because of the characteristic movement of the arms towards the head, it is interpreted as a lamenter. Dated to the end of 7th century BC.
• Attic black-figure amphora. (Inv. no. 1772). On the front side, Athena and Heracles are shown riding a quadriga, while in the background are depicted Apollo playing the lyre, and Artemis. The reverse side is decorated with two horsemen flanked by an archer and a hoplite. The dead person' s name is engraved on the lip of the vase. It was found at the Archaic cemetery of Ancient Thera and dates from the second half of 6th century BC.
• Attic black-figure kylix (Inv. no. 1773). On the outer surface of the vase, a chariot battle and a duel between two hoplites are depicted between scenes of departing warriors. On the interior, six ships are shown on the lip and Poseidon in the centre, killing the giant Polybotes. On the base, two horsemen are depicted on either side of a hoplite. It was found at the Archaic cemetery of Ancient Thera and dates from the second half of the 6th century BC.
• Attic black-figure volute krater (Inv. no. 1774). On the neck are depicted scenes of a battle with chariots, in which godess Athena participates. The inner surface of the rim is decorated with four ships. From the Archaic cemetery of Ancient Thera, dated to the second half of the 6th century BC.
• Volcanic - trachyte - boulder (Inv. no. 509), weighing 480 kilos. It was lifted by the athlete Eumastas with his bare hands and his achievement is commemorated in an inscription on the stone itself: "Eumastas, son of Kritobolos, lifted me off the earth".

Archaeological Museum of Thera - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 3250148, 210 3310966, Fax: 210 3215897, E-mail: kaepka@culture.gr
    21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 10 Epameinonda St, 105 55 Athens

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Museum • Archaeological Museum
Visiting Information • Fixed hours / Admission fee
Museum exhibits • Statues • Statuettes - Figurines / Clay • Inscriptions • Pottery / Amphoras • Grave offerings
Periods of the exhibits • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324

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