Museums in Chania

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.

Naval Museum of Crete

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.

Askyfou War Museum


The War Museum of Askyfou hosts the private collection of George Hatzidakis, that includes guns, carbines, revolvers, canons and even German bombs from the Second World War.

Byzantine Museum

The Byzantine and post-Byzantine Collection of Chania is housed in the church of San Salvatore. It hosts icons, frescoes, golden jewelry, Venetian coins, and many other exhibits.

Typography Museum

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.

Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum of Chania is located in the loft of a Catholic Church. It houses two personal collections with folklore items, clothes and agricultural tools from Crete of past decades.

Archaeological Museum

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.

War 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.

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