The Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori village is located 30 km east of Chania town. Housed in a historic Venetian/Turkish building with a traditional style of architecture that used to belong to the village community, the museum was established in 1968 and it opened its gates to the public in 1993. Its main building has two floors.
The museum's collection is made up of various objects of cultural and historical importance, including but not limited to sculptures, textiles, weapons, coins, pottery, tools, utensils, iconography, clothing furniture and machinery. The oldest items in the collection date to the Roman Period, although the majority of the objects come from the Venetian and the Turkish occupation period.
The exhibition is divided into 7 rooms, each one with a unique theme. One of the most interesting parts of the exhibition is the Arched House, which recreates an authentic Cretan house, known as "kamarospito".
Although the museum has a vintage atmosphere as it retains its original traditional elements, it stays up to date by offering information labels, models and other modern tools that allow you to familiarize yourself with all parts of the exhibition so that you can get a better understanding of life in Crete during the previous centuries.
The entrance fee is €2, while children under 12 enter for free.
The museum's opening hours are: Monday to Friday 09:00-20:00, Saturday 09:00-19:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00 (note: the opening hours may differ depending on the season).