• Archaeological Museum of Chania, 25 Halidon Street, Old City of Chania Tel.: +(30)2821090334 Open Daily: 8.30-15.00 (except Monday)
  • Maritime Museum Of Crete, Akti Kountourioti, Venetian Port of Chania. Tel.: +30 28210 – 91875 (+30)2821074484. Open Daily: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3)
  • Minoan Ship Shipyard Moro, Venetian harbor. Open: May – October: Daily 9:00-17:00, Sundays 10:00-18:00 (except holidays)
  • Historical Archive of Crete, 20 I. Sfakianaki Str. Chania Tel. (+30)2821052606. Open Mon-Fri: 9.00-14.00
  • Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori,  Gavalochori, Apokoronas, Chania Tel: +30 28250 23222 Open: 9.00-20.00 Sat: 9.00-19.00, Sun: 10.00-13.00
  • Folklore Museum of Chania “CRETAN HOUSE”, 46B, Chalidon Str. Chania Tel: +30 28210 90816 Open Mon-Sat: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00
  • Byzantine Collection, 78 Theotokopoulou Street, Old City of Chania Tel. (+30)2821096046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Monday)
  • Ecclesiastical Museum Of Agia Triada (Tzagkarolon) Monastery, Akrotiri Chania Tel:+30 28210 63310 Open Daily: 8.00-20.00
  • Museum of Monastery of Governetou, Akrotiri Tel. (+30)2821063319
  • Collection of the Monastery of Chrysopigi, Chania. Tel. (+30)2821091125
  • Museum of Monastery of Gonia, Kisamos Tel. (+30)2824022313
  • War Museum of Chania, Tzobanaki Barracks, Tel. (+30)2821044156. Open Mon-Fri: 9.00-13.00
  • Chemistry Museum of Chania, 34C, El. Venizelou Str. Chania. Tel: +30 28210 42504 Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-13.00
  • Byzantine and Folklore Museum in Spilia, Kisamos Tel. (+30)2824022080, (+30)2824022357. Open daily: 17.00-18.00, Sat. 11.00-12.00
  • Museum of Typography, Park of Local Industries, Souda, Chania. Tel:+30 28210 51003 Open: 10.00-18.00
  • Museum of National Resistance, Theriso, Chania. Open all year
  • The House of Eleftherios Venizelos:

    1. Mournies Kidonia Tel. (+30)2821093132, (+30)2821995250 Open: 18.00-21.00

    2. Elenas Venizelou square, Chalepa Chania (National Institution of Eleftherios Venizelos) Tel. (+30)2821056008

Other Attractions

  • Center Of Mediterranean Architecture, Megalo Arsenali, 31, Akti Tompazi, Chania. Tel:+30 28210 40101, +30 28210 40201
  • Ministry of Cretan Justice, 15 Nearchou str, Chania. Tel. (+30)2821055789. Open: 10.00-14.00
  • House of Koundouros, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. (+30)2821053730, (+30)2821040896. Open: 9.00-14.00 & 18.00-21.00
  • Philological Association “Chrysostomos”, 83 Halidon str, Chania. Tel. (+30)2821053879
  • Municipal Art Gallery of Chania Crete, 98 Chalidon str. Tel: (+30) 28210 92294 (+30)2821092419
  • Municipal Library of Chania, City Hall. Tel: (+30)2821092000
  • Venizelio Conservatory (Odeio), 5 Nikiforos Fokas str, Chania. Tel:  (+30)2821043067, (+30)2821052582 Open: 8.00-14.00 & 17.00-21.00
  • Lyceum Club of Greek Women, 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Chania. Tel: (+30)2821042465, (+30)2821059444
  • Cultural Center of Iera Mitropoli, 2 Ant. Giannari str. Chania. Tel. (+30)2821027807-9
  • Religious Center of Chania, 70 A. Papandreou str. Chania. Tel. (+30)2821040525
  • Mosque Koioutsouk Hassan (“Yali Tzamisi”), Venetian harbor. Tel. (+30)2821083235, (+30)2821083232
  • The Park for the Preservation of Flora & Fauna of the Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Tel. (+30)2821055988. Open: Mon.-Sat.
  • The Arts and crafts village “Verekinthos”, Souda Chania. Tel. (+30)2821080132, (+30)2821081410. Open: 10.00-14.30
  • School Life Museum,  Nerokourou, Chania. Tel. (+30)2821074764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00
  • Archaeological Museum of Kissamos. Tel. (+30)2822083308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Monday)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art “Olivepress”-Instutute of olive & sub-tropical plants of Chania. Tel. (+30)2821083476, (+30)2821083428. Open: 8.00-14.00 upon request
  • Museum of Maritime Heritage and Tradition of Fishing (Fisheries Museum), Kolimvari. Tel. (+30)2824023299. Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00
  • Anagnostis Skalidis Museum, Pervolia of Kissamos. Tel. (+30)2822061052
  • Museum of the Acritans of Europe, Paleochora. Tel. (+30)2823042265. Open: Oct.-May Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, Jun.-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00



  • Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

    The Archaeological Museum of Rethymno was founded in 1887 by the Educational Association of Rethymnon. Currently it is housed in the pentagonal fort in front of the main / eastern gate of the Fortezza fortress.

  • “Kanakaki” Gallery

    The Municipal Gallery “L. Kanakakis” was founded in 1992. From the beginning it was housed in a Venetian building, in the center of the old historical town of Rethymno, below the Fortezza fortress and the Archaeological Museum. (5, Chimaras str).

    Tel: +30 2831052530, Fax: +30 2831052689

  • Historical and Folklore Museum

    The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno (founded in 1973) aims to become a contemporary research and educational center for the collection of the folklore materials of Rethymno. Since 1995, it is housed in a Venetian, urban house of the 17th century, in 28-30, Vernardou street.

    Tel: +302831023666, +302831023398

  • Museum of History and Folklore of Somatas, Rethymno (private collection)

    Hatzispiros Evaggelos, Aposotolou

    Folklore- War – Historical Museum. Since 1821 until today

    Exposed material: war objects, folklore objects, photographic material, old coins, there is a big collection of stamps, ancient artifacts, old farming tools, old household items etc.

    Somatas, Rethymno

    Tel: +30 28310 41315

  • Collection Of Frantzeskaki

    In Eleni Frantzeskaki’s collection, which is housed in a building of Chimaras street, just across from the Gallery “L. Kanakakis”, there are works of traditional handicraft, like textiles, needlecrafts, lace.

  • Museum of Sea Life:

    It is located in the old city and housed in the old building of the abbey that was recently renovated and hosts one of the most important collections of Rethymno. Mollusks, sponges, fishes and fossils are included.

  • Church Museum

    It was founded in 1994 and it is situated in Mitropoleos Square. It includes ecclesiastical artifacts from 1816 until today, among them ecclesiastical items, illustrations, bells, and also the clock of the campanile, that was in function from 1894 until 1986.



  • Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

    The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is considered one of the most important museums in Europe. Today’s building was constructed between 1933 and 1937 by the architect P. Karantinos, in the same place of the magnificent Venetian monastery of Agios Frangiskos that was destroyed by the earthquake of 1856.

    Contact info:

    Xanthoudidou 2, 71202 Heraklion

    Tel. 2810/279000 – Fax. 2810/279071

    e-mail: [email protected]

  • Historical Museum of Crete

    The Historical Museum of Crete (I.M.K), founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (E.K.I.M), presents an overall exhibition of the history of Crete from the early Christian centuries to the modern age.

    The collections of the I.M.K include:

    Medieval & Renaissance collection

    Collection of Fights for Freedom

    Folklore collection

    Nikos Kazantzakis hall

    Emmanuel Tsouderos hall

    Permanent exhibitions:

    A.G Kalokerinou Hall

    Introduction to the history of Christian period in Crete

    Tour of Chandakas (Heraklion) in 17th century

    The Ceramics Hall

    Contact info:

    House of A. & M. Kalokerinou, Sofokli Venizelou 27 / Lysimachou Kalokerinou 7, 71202 Heraklion, Crete

    Tel. 2810/283219, 2810/288708 – Fax. 2810/283754

    e-mail: [email protected]


  • Battle of Crete and National Resistance Museum

    The Museum of the Battle of Crete and National Resistance 1941-45 was founded by the Municipality of Heraklion and operates since May 1994. Its objective is to gather, preserve and exhibit properly relics from 1941-1945 in Crete as well as to document and promote the sacred battles of the Cretans during the battle and the German-Italian occupation. Along with the presentation of the various historical documents, the Museum aims to encourage love and respect for the history of Crete.

    Contact info:

    Doukos Bofor & Meramvellou (corner)

    tel. 2810/246 554

  • St. Catherine’s Museum

    It is a temple of the Sinai monastery of St. Catherine, northeast of the Metropolitan church of St. Minas. It was founded during the second Byzantine period and was a spiritual and artistic center from the 15th to the 17th century.

  • Natural History Museum

    The Natural History Museum of Crete operates within the University of Crete framework, covering all the activities of a complete and modern museum:
    -Preserves and develops collections,

    -Conducts researches about the natural environment,

    -Contributes to the educational process of all levels of education and

    -Presents in its showrooms the special features of the Cretan and the Mediterranean environment.

    Contact info:

    University of Crete, Knossos Avenue, P.O box. 2208, 71409 Heraklion, Crete

    Tel. 2810/393276 – Tel / Fax 2810/324366

    Museum of Natural History Exhibition

    Soph. Venizelos Avenue – Dermatas Bay

    Tel. 2810/282740

    e-mail: [email protected]


  • Museum of Visual Arts

    The Museum of Fine Arts of Heraklion (M.E.T.H) was founded to support every cultural and artistic activity and especially to promote and reinforce the visual arts as well as to present the work of the Cretan artists.

    Contact info:

    Nymphon 3, Heraklion, Crete

    Tel. 2810/226683 – Fax. 2810/226489

    e-mail: [email protected]



The experience and the exploration of the Mediterranean marine world begin here. Hundreds of species and thousands of organisms come face to face with you to reveal their charming behavior, their own various shapes and colors, their habits and needs. Get to know them and think about what might be our common future.

CretAquarium is part of the broader building complex of “THALASSOKOSMOS” where is hosted  the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) of Crete on the site of the former American Base in Gournes, 15 km from the city of Heraklion.
With the aquarium, the modern facilities of the Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics and the Institute of Aquaculture, the “THALASSOCOSMOS” complex is a unique park of research, education, culture and recreation that aims to promote and spread the knowledge about the marine environment.

CretAquarium includes 32 tanks with a total capacity of 1,600,000 liters of seawater. Fifty observation points allow visitors to see the life and habits of sea creatures, while special cameras reveal the hidden parts of the tanks.

For more information click here.



  • Agios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum

    The Agios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum was founded in 1970 and is the second largest on Crete. The museum exhibits emanate from the eastern Crete region and are housed in 8 rooms and date from the Neolithic period to the Hellenic Roman times.

    Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi Crete- Address: 68 Konstantinou Paleologou str

  • Sitia Archaeological Museum

    The Archaeological Museum of Sitia opened its gates to the public in 1984, one hundred years after the first official excavations undertaken in the area by the Italian School of Archaeology. The collection from the Palace of Kato Zakros is considered to be the largest and the richest one, with a large number of important findings, some of which are masterpieces of the Minoan art. The gold and ivory statuette from the Minoan town of Palekastro is considered to be the most famous object of the museum.

    Sitia, Crete

  • Ierapetra Archaeological Museum

    The museums’ collections include: 1) Minoan art: inscribed Minoan sarcophagi, lamps, late Minoan III vessels (1400-1200 BC), mostly stirrup jars and kraters, 2) Geometric period art (figurines, vases), 9th-8th century BC, 3) Archaic art (mostly figurines and relief plaques). Late 7th-6th century BC, 4) Classical and Hellenistic art (vases and figurines), 5th to 1st century BC and 5) Greco-Roman art (vases and figurines). Late 1st century BC-4th century AD. Roman period reliefs and statues. Funerary and votive inscriptions from Greco-Roman times.

    Ierapetra, Crete

  • Museum of Toplou Monastery
    The museum of Toplou includes the following collections:
  • Collection of Cretan icons
  • Collection of engravings

    The most important exhibits of the Museum are:

  • Assumption of Virgin Mary 15th century. Portable icon.
  • Virgin Mary Amiantos, 15th century. Portable icon
  • Christ Pantocrator, 15th century. Painted by Andreas Ritzos. Portable icon
  • Sts Theodoroi, 1723. Portable icon by the painter Nikitas
  • Virgin Mary Amolyntos,15th century. Portable icon
  • Virgin Mary of Passion and St Nicolas, 1642. Portable icon
  • St John the Precursor with scenes of his life, 17th century. Portable icon painted by F. Kavertzas
  • Holy Trinity (Ag. Triada), 17th century. Portable icon
  • Agios Nikolaos Folklore Museum

    The Museum hosts a rich and wonderful collection of hundreds of authentic examples of Cretan folk art and mainly woven and embroidery, some of which are unique. It also has a nice collection of Byzantine icons, a fine line of wood-carved small items, Cretan costumes, household items and handicraft tools, as well as handwritten books and other old documents.

    Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi Crete

  • Neapolis Folklore Museum

    At the southern edge of Neapolis square is located the Folklore Museum of the Cultural and Folk Art Company of Upper Mirabello (PL.E.A.M), on the first floor of an exceptional Baouhauz building. The museum hosts in its halls the entire culture and history of Mirabello. In the building of the former Orphanage, in a properly renovated hall, operates the Neapolis Archaeological Collection. It consists of findings from Driros and the greater region.

    Neapolis,Lassithi  Crete-Neapolis square

Other Attractions

  • Archaeological Site in Lato
    “Lato or Etera”. Lato was one of the most important Doric city-states in Crete, although it must have existed before the “Coming of the Dorians”. It is built on a saddle between two hills, at a site protected by possible attacks but also provide supervision over a large area of the Mirabello Bay. It is possibly mentioned on the Linear B tablets as RA-TO. It was named after Leto (Lato is the Doric type), mother of Apollo and Artemis, although the main goddess worshipped in the city was Eileithyia, who was also depicted on the coins cut by the city. Lato was the birth-place of Nearchos, the admiral of Alexander the Great. Before the end of the 3rd century B.C., the inhabitants of Lato participated in the League of the Cretan cities and shared the same laws.
  • Archaeological Site of Gournia 
    Gournia, the ancient name of which remains unknown, is the most typical example of an excavated medium-sized settlement of the Minoan prime period (Late Minoan Period I: 1550-1450 B.C.). It is in a very good condition so they called it “the Pompeii of Crete”. It is built on a low hillock, close to the sea, at the Isthmus of Ierapetra. The first inhabitants settled there during the early Minoan Period III (2300 BC).
    There are still some remains of the Middle Minoan Period (2000-1600 BC), while at the end of this period the palace was constructed, but was destroyed along with the surrounding city in 1450 BC, when the same thing happened to all the Minoan centers. Fifty years later, there was a period of “reoccupation” of the area. The settlement was finally abandoned in 1200 BC.
  • Archaeological Site of Vasiliki
    The settlement of Vasiliki is one of the first Minoan settlements with town-planning. It occupies the top and slopes of a low hill near the village Vasiliki, in the vicinity of the Minoan settlement of Gournia. The first settlement dates back to the Early Minoan II period (2600-2300 B.C.) and owed its development not only to the strategic position, controlling the Isthmus of Ierapetra, but also to the neighboring fertile plains. The central building of the settlement was destroyed by fire in around 2300 B.C. The hill was again occupied in the Middle Minoan period as attested by a building of the period (2200-1900 B.C.), while scant traces of habitation date to the Roman period.
  • Archaeological Site of Hamaiziou
    The House of Hamezi was discovered in 1903 under  the direction of St. Xanthoudidis while in 1907 D. Mackenzie made accurate remarks in his excavation report regarding the architectural design of the building.  In I971, a new research conducted by the Department of the Antiquities in Eastern Crete under the supervision of the Professor Mr. Davaras, revealed new evidence which altered or reinforced the previous conclusions. Other remarks regarding the usage of the building were made by St. Alexiou and N. Platon.
  • Archaeological Site in Petras
    On a low hill (h. 40 m.) by the sea lies an important Minoan settlement. It had a large harbour and was the centre of an area bordered by Chamaizi on the west, Praisos on the south, and Analoukas on the east. Despite the evidence for habitation in the last phase of the Neolithic period (3500 B.C.), the first settlement is dated to the Early Minoan II period (2600-2300 B.C.). It continued to be inhabited until 1450 B.C., when it was destroyed, along with the other Minoan centers. A short reoccupation occurred during the Late Minoan III period (1400-1300 B.C.). The settlement flourished in the Old Palace period (2000-1650 B.C.), when the central building of palatial character was built on the top of the hill; it reached a peak, however, in the New Palace period (2000-1450 B.C.) when many alterations of the buildings took place. In the 12th-13th centuries A.D. the top of the hill was occupied by a cemetery, of which 32 graves have been excavated.
  • Archaeological Site of Trypetos
    Eteia or Etis. On a small penisula called Trypetos, 3km to the east of modern Sitia lies a city of the Hellenistic period (middle of 4th – middle of 1st century B.C.), which most likely occupied the whole peninsula. Probably, it was identified as the ancient city of Sitia, called Eteia. A Hellenistic dockyard has been uncovered at the east coast of the headland.
    In 1967, on the eastern coast of the peninsula, was found a boat station of the Hellenistic period. It is known that in 1960 the owners of the land created plots for cultivation using digging machines which caused severe damage to the buried antiquities. Since 1987 a systematic excavation has been conducted by the Ephorate of Antiquities, under the direction of N. Papadakis.
  • Archaeological Site of Zakros
    The Minoan palace of Zakros was the fourth largest on Crete, located on a strategic position and was an important trading centre between the eastern countries as indicated by the evidence found: Tusks of elephants, earthenware, copper, etc. The palace was an administrative centre of worship and trading. The palace was built in two phases: the older palace was built about 1900 BC and the later palace about 1600 BC, these were destroyed in 1450 BC at the same time as the other Minoan palaces. The palace became the center of administration, religion and trading. It was surrounded by the town and the area was not reconstructed apart from a few cultivations.  Tombs were found in a cave on the side of the “Gorge of the Dead”, as is named which starts from Ano Zakros and leads to Kato Zakros.
  • Archaeological Site of Palekastro
    In the area of Palekastro, the most eastern point of Crete, excavations have found a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 BC), although evidence shows earlier occupation of the the Early Minoan and Middle Minoan period (3000-1550 BC), mainly cemeteries, including well-structured “ossuaries” and ruins of quite large residences.  Habitation stopped at the same time that Zakros was deserted (1450 BC). A recapture occurred during the Late Minoan III period (1300-1200 BC).The city occupied an area of ​​more than 50,000 square meters, it was still and densely populated.
  • Archaeological Site of Lefki (Koufonisi)
    The island of Lefki is mentioned by Plinios. A special reference appeared at the inscription known as the “Diaitesia (arbitration) of the Magnetes”, built in the facade of the catholicon (main church) of the Toplou Monastery. The inscription refers to the conflict between Itanos and Ierapytna. Lefki was an important station of sponge fishing and mainly of murex shells processing, from which the famous, precious and expensive purple dye was extracted; moreover, its position was strategic most importantly for the ships that moored on the south-east coasts, and as a result became a reason of conflict between the two cities. Itanos was finally justified.