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“A Good Mix of Old and New”
Review of Megaro Gyzi Museum

Megaro Gyzi Museum
Ranked #19 of 49 things to do in Fira
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Owner description: The Cultural Centre “Megaro Gyzi” is housed in Megaro Gyzi, one of the few 17th century old family mansions. The Megaro Gyzi Museum is situated in the Halls of the Cultural Centre, where five Permanent Exhibitions are hosted: An exhibition of authentic engravings with maps, landscapes and dresses of the Cycladic islands from the 15th to 19th century. An exhibition of old manuscripts from late 16th to 19th century. A collection of paintings and photographs of Santorini. Open May through October.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Good Mix of Old and New”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The building in which this museum is set, is a magnificent old mansion. Inside their are varied exhibits of old books, prints and maps as well as photographs of the 1939 eruption and pre and post photographs of the 1956 earthquake. Again, for the modest entry fee, it is worth spending a little quiet time here, amongst the busy Fira outside

Visited June 2014
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“Neo-Classical House Now a Museum”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

This is a private (not state-run) museum that houses a small collection of artifacts that show the recent history of the island--the earthquakes, the Italian rule. The collection is interesting, but the best part is the building in which it is housed. Every trip to Santorini I go to see it because it is beautiful.

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Do not miss the od authentic gravures from the 15th until the 19th century with maps and everyday's life of Santorini and the other islands of the greek archipel. There is also a collection of paintings with Santorini as theme by well-known Greek artists.
Every August in the old vaulted "canava" of the megaro Gyzi takes place the well established FESTIVAL. Mainly musical events ranging from contemporary Jazz and Classical music to greek popular songs. Musical journeys surrounded by the exhibition of artistic works.

Visited August 2013
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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“Nice little house museum”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This is a small museum- will take you 20-30 minutes, but we really enjoyed seeing the historical house- which was in lovely shape, and the exhibit of photographs showing Santorini over time. Pretty incredible to see the destruction of the city in the earthquake of 1956 and how the island has been so completely restored. Also photos of the changes from volcano eruption across the way. We just enjoyed a little of the history and reprieve from all the gold and silver jewelry shops everywhere. It is right in center of things and only 3 euros.

Visited October 2013
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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“A must-see if you are interested in history...”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

So - you're on a volcanic island. To soak up the Sun, maybe? Take a moment to find out what happened here in the last 200 years, with contemporary drawings of the volcanic eruptions in the 1800s, and photographs from the devastating earthquake in the 1950s. Some of the old documents are worth scanning, too (if you read French or Greek).

The museum is quite small, and half is given over to artwork produced by local artists - unfortunately, the standard overall is not high.

Well worth it for the photos and engravings, though.

Visited October 2013
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