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There are many interesting museums spread all over Crete.

Not often listed, but also very interesting and close by Kamilari is the Cretan museum of ethnology, near by Vori. It gives an interesting view on the Cretan culture. The museum of Vori has even won a price in a European Union election.



Museums in Chania

Chania Archaeological Museum

Housed in the Venetian church of San Francesco. Its exhibits from western Crete and other areas date from the Neolithic to the Roman era, and include idols, statues, inscriptions, weapons, pottery, seal stones, coins, jewellery, etc.

Historical Archives of Crete

A rich collection of folklore and material related to the history of the island. The archives are among the largest in the country, second only to General Archives of the Greek State. (open daily 8-13.00 except Sat, Sun and public holidays)

Naval Museum of Crete

On the mole of the Venetian harbor you’ll find the Crete Maritime Museum presenting the maritime history of Crete from antiquity to the Battle of Crete in 1941.

Museums in Rethymnon

Archaeological Museum

The Venetian loggia is a museum containing interesting archaeological finds from the region as well as a fine coin collection.

Historical and Folk Art Museum

The Museum is housed in the centre of Rethymnon in a historical building of 17th century and its collections include over 5.000 items that come from donations, purchases and loans. They are displayed in units; Folk Art collections include weaving, basket weaving, embroidery-laces, costumes, ceramics, metal work, traditional cultivations, traditional occupations, while the historical ones include documents, photographs, maps, weapons, banners and coins.

Museums in Heraklion

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

One of the most important museums in Greece. Here are assembled almost all the finds from the Minoan era. Pottery, stone carvings, seal stones, statuettes, gold, metalwork, the marvelous frescoes from the Royal and Little Palaces and villas of the wealthy, and finally, the unique painted limestone sarcophagus from Agia Triada.

Heraklion Historical Museum

Valuable historical relics of Crete from the Byzantine (330 AD), Venetian and Turkish periods and historical documents of more recent Cretan history. Also a rich collection of folk art consisting of local costumes, textiles, woodcarvings and embroidery as well as a representation of a typical Cretan house.

St Catherine of Sinai

The preserved katholikon of the Monastery and the chapel of Agii Deka today house a collection of representative works of the Cretan Byzantine and post-Byzantine art. (open Mon - Fri: 10.00-13.00)


Archaeological Collection. Contains finds from the Malia palace, the Fourni cemetery, and the sanctuary at Anemospilia dating from the Minoan era.

Lychnostatis Museum in Hersonissos

The museum has its origins in a private collection formed over a period of thirty years by Giorgos Markakis, professor of ophthalmology, lecturer and writer. The buildings themselves are some of the main exhibits. Built thoroughly with the prevalent raw materials (stone-wood-clay), under the creative architectural improvising of the founder, they possess an aesthetic quality unique in the area. The collections are broad in scope, from agricultural implements to embroideries and from herbs to rhymes. (open from 1 April until 31 October daily from 09:00-14:00, Sat: closed)

Museums in Lassithi

Agios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum

The museum displays archaeological treasures from (6000 BC) to 2nd century AD from excavations in eastern Crete.


Archaeological Collection. Contains marble statues and inscriptions from the Greek-Roman era.


This Archaeological museum contains finds from Sitia, Zakros, Petra, and Palekastro from the Minoan era.

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