THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The archaeological museum of Thira is roofed under a building of the 1960,since the 1956 earthquake ruined the previous one. It is sited in the center of Fira. Through its exhibits is revealed the history of centuries. The collection it hosts includes sculptures and inscriptions from the archaic and roman times as well as ceramic, made of clay, little idols from geometrical to hellenistic times. One of the most important exhibits of the nuseum is the big volcanic stone [trachitis] of 480kg.According to the inscription that is incised on it, it was lifted by athlete Ermastra.
Another exhibit of great importance is the Thiraic pitcher with geometrical decoration that was discovered in the archaic semetary of ancient Thira and it's dated in the beginnings of the 7th century BC. Many of those great exhibits came to light from excavations to the semetary of ancient Thira.Apart from pitchers and ceramic objects, there were also ancient adolescents discovered.
THE MUSEUM OF PREHISTORIC THIRA
The museum of prehistoric Thira is sited in Fira and it’s considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It hosts important findings that came to light from excavations in Akrotiri. These remarkable collections are divited into four thematic units referring to a) the history of Prehistoric Thira’s research b) the period of prosperity in Akrotiri c) the march of the island from the neolithic to the later cycladic period and d) the geological history of Thira.
You will be impressed by the numberless exhibits of the prosperity period in Akrotiri like the plastercast of furniture, the brazen vessels, the tools and the arms, the engraved stones, the signs of lineal A and the only golden little idol of a chamois. Fossils of plants that were on flourish before the apearrance of man in Thira worth your attention.
There’s a special place in the museum for the magnificent frescoes. It is a collection of high importance that consists all the known frescoes from the prehistoric settlement in Akrotiri. It is exhibited for the first time in this museum, in a position specially made to host these unique exhibits. Until recently those frescoes were in the archaeological museum in Athens.But now they are back home and every visitor of the island has the chance to see them.
THE FOLKLORE MUSEUM
The folklore museum is in a traditional building that was built in 1861 inside a rock in Fira.The way that people used to live stays alive through its exhibits. You can see the cooper workshops, carpenter's shop and shoemaker’s shop as well. The old wine-shop and the gallery with arts of local artists distinguish.
THE MARITIME MUSEUM
The maritime museum was built in 1951 and it is roofed under a captain's house of the 19th century. Through its exhibits is shown the maritime history of the island. The visitor can see old anchors, maritime instruments, items from old sailing ships and boats, rare figure heads, maritime bahuts, models and ship watercolours as and seamen uniforms.
THE GYZI MUSEUM
Gyzi museum is one of the oldest buildings in Fira. It was built in the beginnings of the 18th century and it is kept in very well condition. It houses a cultural center and it has a remarkable collection of chalkographies (copper engravings) from the 16th until the 19th century. You can also see a rare collection of manuscripts and old pictures of the island, before the 1956 earthquake, as well as paintings of local artists.
ARCHONTIKO GEORGIOU ARGYROU
The neoclassic archontiko of Argyrou is one of the most important monuments of the island's latest history. It is located in Messaria and distinguishes for its baronial architecture. The mansion combines the traditional architecture of houses in Thira with influence from neoclassicism.
It was built in 1888 by Georgio Argyro, a landholder and wine diller. During the 1956 earthquakes suffered a lot of cracks. Since then remained uninhabited for many years. Today it is entirely renovated. The ground floor functions as a guest room and only the first floor can be visited. Many of the ceiling drawings are saved and furniture that reveal the financial robustness of Argyriou family.