Maritime Museum of Crete

Maritime Museum of Crete

The Maritime Museum of Crete is located in Chania on the Koundourioti Coast. It is the imposing red building at the entrance of the historic Venetian Fortress Firkas.

It was founded in 1973 with the aim of promoting the naval tradition and history of Crete. It is the second museum of its kind in Greece, both in terms of age and content, after the Maritime Museum located in Piraeus.

The Maritime Museum of Crete in its permanent exhibition includes 2,500 exhibits. In it you will see heirlooms, objects pulled from the bottom, paintings, maps, photographic material, models of ships, various naval instruments, etc.

The interior of Maritime Museum of Crete at the Old Port of Chania

The exhibits are organized in sections, in chronological order from the Bronze Age until today.
There is also a special exhibition of the marine environment with a rich collection of shells from different parts of the world.

Do not forget to see, in Neoria of the Venetian Port , the representation of the Minoan ship "Minoa" of the 16th-15th century BC, which was launched in December 2003 and 2004 he made his maiden voyage from Chania to Piraeus, accompanying the Olympic flame that was carried from the Athenian Τrireme during the last part of the route, as well as to sailing and celebrations of the Nautical Week.

During your visit to the Maritime Museum, it is worth touring the area of Firkas Fortress where you will also see the turret where the flag was raised for the union of Crete with Greece on December 1, 1913.