Chania Archaeological Museum, Chania Town

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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. A visit to Chania Archaeological Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Chania Town vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • I am no historian nor an archaeologist for which I was unable to make a thorough examination to the findings contained in this small museum with so many treasures of Minoan civilization. It's been a wonderful experience for the setting and atmosphere of this architectural gem. What I remember are not rare specimens of Art Museum but the beautiful aisles of the structure, the cozy and bright and the small garden with fountain
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  • Nice to relax away from the crowds outside and see the incredible local history. Especially fun to see toys from 700f.kr. similar to those found in today's toy boxes. Well worth a visit.
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  • A nice little Museum where, however, enough to watch. Also our 9 and 12v. the guys at jakoisvat to get excited about from place to place.
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  • 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!
  • Very good, limited guide books. And a no photography policy. I had tried to see their collection on line. But they seem not to under that if you have a hint of what's there the 4 euro charge if for nothing for what they have. Even the stuff strewn around the yard and not actually on exhibition is magnificent.
  • Beautiful museum. Small but very well done. Ask before taking photos as many items are unpublished
  • Take a small step into the past and enjoy
  • Astounding array of artefacts. Brilliant to visit after visiting some of the sites of ruins. But brilliant to visit regardless.

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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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