World’s First Museum Dedicated to Lost Atlantis Opens on Santorini



The new museum called the ”Lost Atlantis Experience” on Santorini. Credit: Lost Atlantis Experience Museum’s Facebook page

The world’s first museum dedicated to the mythical — but perhaps real — island of Atlantis opened recently on Greece’s idyllic island of Santorini.

The world-renowned Greek destination now hosts a museum which offers an opportunity for visitors to discover and explore the mysteries of this fabled lost land, which was said to have been a Mediterranean utopia before it suddenly, mysteriously, disappeared.

There are scientific approaches suggesting that the island of Santorini (Thira) once was actually the ancient Atlantis. Following the massive eruption of a volcano on Santorini, its once-thriving population was completely destroyed, leaving no trace except in the realm of legend.

Of course, nothing has yet been proven scientifically, so we still talk about the ”Lost” continent, or island, of Atlantis and its existence still remains in the sphere of myth.

At the new museum, which was built by private initiatives and funds, visitors can learn about the legend of Atlantis and how it is connected to Santorini, experience its cataclysmic destruction, and explore multiple digital recreations of this ancient land.

The new museum is located in a spacious 700 square-meter (7,500 square foot) building, near the village of Megalohori on the island of Santorini.

The island of Atlantis figured in allegories describing the hubris of nations in Plato’s works ”Timaeus” and ”Critias,” where it represented the antagonist naval power which besieges “Ancient Athens.” This version of Athens served as the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state in ”The Republic.”

Many believe, however, that Atlantis was actually a real place, and was the victim of an enormous volcanic explosion or earthquake which destroyed its land mass, leaving only a caldera — or possibly nothing at all. Scientists and explorers have attempted for centuries to find evidence to prove their theories regarding its actual location and eventual destruction.