Chania Archaeological Museum, Chania Town

Chania Archaeological Museum displays a large collection of Minoan and Roman artifacts from the city of Chania and the surrounding area. Several items from ancient cities, such as Kydonia, Idramia, Aptera, and Kissamos, are also on display in the museum. Exhibits of coins, jewelry, vases, sculpture, mosaics, and clay tablets help you get an idea of how these ancient civilizations lived. Opened in 1963, the museum is housed in the Venetian monastery of St. Francis, which has been a monument in the city since the 16th century. Make Chania Archaeological Museum part of your personalized Chania Town itinerary using our Chania Town day trip planning website .
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  • The Museum is housed by the 1963 at the monastery of St. Francis, the monument of the period of Venetian rule (1211-1669) located in the historical centre of the city of Chania. The Antiquities included in permanent exhibition highlighting the cultural history and the character of the place from the Neolithic age (4th millennium BC) to the Roman conquest (2nd century a.d.).
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  • Well worth a visit to gain a better understanding of the complex history of Chania a town that has been continuously occupied (and built upon) for >5000 years and its previous inhabitants.  more »
  • Museum housed in a former convent, very nice, but the view isn't anything to brag about. The ticket price is €4.00 but in my opinion, it might be the max €2.00. Definitely a must see, but I expected more.
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  • Small but perfectly formed. This museum has just enough exhibits so that you are not overwhelmed. My favourite objects were the teacups which are nearly identical to modern day styles and unbelievably fragile.
  • Very interesting museum. It worths visiting it. The building is very nice too
  • Just Great. Please dont allow students. Greek students, that is. Just send the to Louvre.
  • A really incredible museum in the heart of the city. Very well preserved pieces and informative plaques describing each piece in several languages. The architecture of the building itself is especially impressive, and the rose garden is not to be missed! Fair warning, there is no AC!
  • This is an interesting place set off well in an interesting building... well worth a visit.

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Where to stay in Chania Town

Many package tourists on Crete stay in comfortable hotels outside Chania Town, though this lively seaport offers accommodations ranging from inexpensive hostels to five-star resorts. If you too prefer to stay out of town, consider one of the surrounding area's well-appointed villas and apartments, which provide secure parking and access to private outdoor spaces. Stick to the city's harbor area for fine shopping and dining, or check out the old town's boutique hotels for good atmosphere, friendly service, and proximity to sandy beaches.
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