The museums of Chania feature excellent archaeological findings and hundreds of exhibits which outline the diachronic influence of the island's cultural history. The most important museum of Chania that provides much insight into the Cretan history is the Archaeological Museum of Chania located in the Catholic church of Saint Francis. The permanent exhibition covers a long period from the Neolithic to Roman times, discovered in the surrounded excavated sites. Ceramics, pottery, sculptures, statuettes, and excellent mosaics are on display.
An outstanding collection from the Byzantine era can be viewed in the Venetian church of Saint Salvatore including frescoes, jewelry, sculptures and other specimens of that time. The War Museum of Askyfou is a tribute to the Cretan men who fought for their freedom and is found at the center of Chania with great historical relics and printed material. In the heart of the old town, you can visit the Folklore Museum which hosts several items from the private collection of the locals.
The Archaeological Museum of Chania is located in the Catholic Church of Saint Francis, close to the Venetian Harbor of Chania. Its exhibits give a view of the region's history from the Neolithic till the Roman times.
The Naval Museum of Crete is housed in Firka Tower, at the entrance of the Venetian Harbor of Chania. This interesting museum houses a collection of ship models from the ancient until modern times and other maritime exhibits.
This historic building was the residence of the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos (not to be confused with the birth house). Today it hosts the National Foundation of Research and Studies Eleftherios Venizelos and a commemorative museum.
(Closed) The War Museum is housed in a building of 1870 and presents the fightings of the Cretans inside and outside their island. It hosts rare photographs and relics of the most important 20th-century fights.
The Typography Museum of Chania was recently founded with the efforts of a local journalist. It is found in the Park of Local Industries in Souda and exhibits old seals, banknotes, pressing machines, rare books, and other items.
The Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori village is located 30 km east of Chania town. It is housed in a historic Venetian/Turkish building with a traditional style of architecture that used to belong to the village community.