ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CHANIA
The Archaeological Museum of Chania was founded in 1963 and up until 2020 it was housed in the former Venetian Monastery of Agios Fragiskos on Halidon Street, in the Old Town of Chania. In the fall of 2021, the New Archeological Museum of Chania is opening its doors to the public in the historic neighborhood of Chalepa, following a difficult and demanding transfer of all the collections to their new location. The new, contemporary museum boasts 6.000m², it is designed according to the bioclimatic principles and sustainability and will be housing around 3.500 archeological findings (1.000 more than the older building).
The collection of the museum includes findings from excavations in several areas of the city that have been performed during the last 50 years. The exhibits cover the cultural history of Chania from the neolithic period till the Roman Empire. One may find exhibits from the prehistoric period as well as from the geometric period until the Roman Empire. All of the findings are exhibited according to subject or the location they were excavated. The Archaeological Museum of Chania organizes several, temporal exhibitions, educational programs and various cultural events throughout the year in order to highlight the cultural and historical richness of Chania.