The naval history of the island is exhibited in a unique way at the Naval Museum in Oia. The leading figure behind the foundation of a venue that would host this aspect of Santorini's history was captain Anthony Dakoronias who collected all the interesting material.
Today, the museum is housed in a superbly maintained 19th century traditional captain house, donated by the born and raised in Oia Mrs Dina Manolessou-Birbili.
Among its exhibits there are figureheads, anchors and various small items of daily use in the sailing vessels of the past. The remarkable collection also features carved nautical chests, sextants, models and watercolour paintings of old and new ships, tools and ship layouts from Santorinian arsenals, uniforms and tools of local shipbuilders.
The museum also exhibits rare manuscripts, books, maps, charters, marriage contracts, wills of seafarers and many photos.