Chania Archaeological Museum, Chania Town
(4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Walking about Chania we found this simple building and hesitated about entering - it saw 2 Euros each, so we proceeded. It proved to be a gem! A stop well worth a visit. You can see many artifacts fro...  more »
  • While on a university trip, we visited this museum to see the Minoan artifacts. The museum is set in an old church which adds to the atmosphere of the place. The artifacts are well set out and well de...  more »
  • The museums location in the ancient church provides an evocative location to study the history and legends of ancient crete. Easily visited in under an hour. History fans will thoroughly enjoy the col...  more »
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  • Interesting for adults, less interesting for the kids. It's rather small so you definitely have time to learn some local history. Be sure to ask the guides.
  • The museum building is relatively small but the relics inside are numerous and extremely interesting. There are exibits found in many archaeological sites allover the Chania prefecture. The history of course is unbelievable since we are discussing for findings from about 5000 bc till the romantic period.
  • I expected more of this museum. Everything is ordered according to where it was found instead of chronically, which makes a bit difficult to understand the evolution between different periods as you may see findings of different ages in the same place. Also, there are almost no explanations of the artifacts.
  • Small but interesting museum, due to Crete's rich history and sheer quantity of archaeological finds ranging back over 6000 years.
  • For Chania is not something special to invite. Very small museum not something super to see and you must pay also an entrance as the most museums to vet in maybe is better to spend your money to the nautical museum is much better and much more valuable with so many things to see !!!