The Archeological Museum of Chania is one of the most significant cultural centers in Crete, with a huge collection of ancient findings from various periods that offers an insight into the rich history of Crete.
The museum was founded in 1963 and for many years it was housed in the impressive building of the Monastery of Agios Fragkiskos that dates to the Venetian period.
Due to the need to modernize its facilities and expand its collection, the museum shut down in 2020 and its collections were transferred to a brand new specifically designed building with a modern infrastructure.
The new museum has been open since the 16th of April 2022. Its location in Chania offers a great view of the coastal part of the city. Its modern facilities house in a 6,000 m2 building a collection that consists of over 3500 display objects in total. The oldest findings date to Prehistory and a wide variety of well-preserved jewelry, coins, pottery, sculptures and other artifacts allow the visitor to learn more about life, culture and traditions in ancient Crete and more specifically, the Minoan and the Roman eras.
In the 2 levels of the museum, you will get to see 3 permanent collections, as well as items from private collections that cover the timespan of a few millennia. Additional facilities are also available, including a cafe, a gift shop and a car parking area. Accessibility: the museum's facilities are wheelchair-friendly and tactile exhibits with Braille signage have been incorporated into the collection. Educational programs and special events are occasionally run by the museum.
From November 1st to March 31st (winter season): 08:30 - 15:30 all days except Tuesdays.
From April 1st to October 31st (summer season): 08:00 - 20:00 all days except Tuesdays.
Note: The museum remains closed on national holidays. A full ticket costs €6 and a reduced-price ticket is available for €3 for certain categories of visitors. During the winter season, all visitors are eligible for a reduced-price ticket.