Best Museums to Visit on Santorini
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Santorini is one of those charming Greek islands that people love. The scenery is unique to that island alone. The volcanic activity is evident throughout the island, such as with the black sand beaches or the way the main parts of the island are perched on top of the volcano itself. It has been thousands of years since the volcano erupted and for now, the island is one of the top tourist destinations.
Besides doing the usual activities while here, such as lounge at the beach and enjoy the nightlife, there are other things to do. The island has plenty of museums, and these are some of the ones you’ll definitely want to visit:
Gyzi Megaron Museum
There was a time when wealthy families flocked to the island of Santorini, and during this time, it was fashionable for them to own massive homes. The Gyzi Megaron Museum is housed in one of these former homes. The collection in the museum is focused on sharing local folk art and culture not only for the island, but for all of Greece.
Santorini Wine Museum
The island of Santorini has unique growing conditions, thanks to its history of volcanic eruptions. Much of the soil on the island originated from volcanic ash, which has unique properties that make it ideal for growing certain types of grapes. As a result of that, the wines on the island are considered to be some of the best in Greece. This museum showcases the tradition of wine making on the island and in all of Greece.
Tomato Industrial Museum
Grapes aren’t the only crops that grow well in the volcanic ash of this island. Santorini is also the home to a uniquely sweet tomato that thrives in the climate. This crop has been important to the island because it has not only shaped its cuisine but also provided a source of revenue for the islanders. This museum celebrates the tomato and its importance to the industry on the island.
Built in an old mansion, the Argyros Museum is another place you’ll want to visit. Not only is this a great place to enjoy some of the history of the island, but it is also a good example of an architectural style that was also part of the history of the island. This is a great place to visit if you want to get a feel for what life was like on Santorini in the 1800’s and has many cultural pieces that go along with that time period.
Museum of Prehistoric Thera
It is no secret that Santorini is an island with a rich history. Thera is the site of a major archaeological dig on the island, and it has been invaluable in helping historians understand more about the way the island was in ancient times. This museum houses artifacts that were found in digs on the island and also enlightens us about the ancient history of the island.
As you can see, there are plenty of museums on Santorini to enjoy during your visit!
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