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MUSEUMS OF CRETE

There are many museums in Crete providing a fascinating insight into the history of the island.

Archaeological Museum Chania

Housed in the former venetian church of San Francesco, this small museum is well worth visiting. It houses objects from Neolithie and Minean to late Roman periods found in the prefecture of Chania.

Opening Times

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday: 8.00 - 19.00
Saturday - Sunday: 8.30 - 15.00

Nautical Museum Chania

An interesting museum with lots of information about Crete's more recent history.  The museum is located at the north east end of the Venetian harbour.

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Sunday - CLOSED

Historical Museum and Archive Chania

This small museum also covers the more recent history of Crete.  

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Sunday - CLOSED

Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection Chania

A small museum showing mosaics, wall-paintings, icons, architectural sculptures, ceramics and items of minor arts, and coins.

Opening Times

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Sunday: 8.30 - 15.00

Archaeological Museum Rethymnon

Located in a Turkish building, this museum shows objects from the Neolithic to Roman period found in the prefecture of Rethymnon. Many Minoan objects were found on hilltops sacred sites, in caves and necropolis.

Opening Times

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Sunday: 8.30 - 15.00

Archaeological Museum Heraklion

This museum is not in West Crete but if you come to Crete, it is almost a sin not to go to Heraklion to visit it.  It houses the most important collection of Minoan objects and frescoes in the world.

Opening Times

Monday: 12.30 - 18.00
Tuesday - Sunday: 8.00 - 18.00