The great Cretan nautical tradition through the centuries

The Nautical Museum of Crete is located at the entrance of the historical fortress “Firka”. It was founded in 1973 in order to honor the nautical traditions and history of the island. The Museum collaborates and interacts with other Nautical Museums of Greece and abroad.

The permanent exhibition includes 2.500 items, such as relics, objects found in the bottom of the sea, paintings, maps, photographs, models of ships, nautical equipment etc. The exhibits are organized in units, in chronological order from the Copper Age until today. There is also a special exhibition of maritime ecosysems, with a rich collection of shells from different places of the world.

An important step of growth and significant addition was the creation of a permanent exhibition of ancient and traditional shipbuilding. The main exhibit of the museum is the reconstructed Minoan ship “Minoa”. It is an experimental model, faithful copy of the original ancient commercial ship. Other exhibits are the tools and the materials that were used for its manufacture, some photographs and a map of its experimental travel.

Address: Akti Kountourioti, Venetian Port of Chania
Tel.: +30 28210 – 91875
Fax: +30 28210 74484
e- mail :[email protected]