Museums of Crete

Tradition

Visitors of Crete may come to contact with the traditions and customs of Crete, through a large number of museums and collections that intend to highlight the folklore and ethnological tradition of the island. Important collections of bygone eras include utensils related to traditional agriculture, livestock breeding, wedding, christening, birth, architecture, clothing and equipment of traditional Cretan houses.

Excellent collections are met at the museums of Lychnostatis in Hersonissos, Chania, Arolithos by Tylissos, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Vainia, Therisso, Gavalohori, Piskopiano, Somatas, Ini, Asites, Chandras, Kandanos, Palekastro, Vrahassi, Gavdos, Pefki, Hamezi, Mohos, Spili and more. Traditional watermills at Zakros and Chromonastiri are open to visitors. Similarly, venues related to the olive tree include the Museum of Olive in Vouves, the old oil mill (fabrica) of Arhanes and Vatolakos.

Special ethnological collections are listed at the Museum of Acritans of Europe at Paleochora and Vori. Maritime and fishing tradition is highlighted at the Naval Museum of Crete and at the Fisheries Museum at Kolimbari. Other notable museums are the Museum of School Life at Nerokouros, the Museum of Musical Instruments at Houdetsi and the Wax Museum of Potamianos in Zoniana.

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Archaeological Collection of Myrtos

The Archaeological and Folklore Collection of Myrtos operates since 2001 and hosts mainly the collection of George Dimitrianakis. The archaeological exhibition includes some of the findings of the archaeological sites of Pirgos, Fournou Korifi, but also some other places of the region.

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Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon

The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon was founded in 1974 and is housed in a Venetian building (17th century) that is a wonderful example of urban residence of the last phase of the Venetian occupation of Crete, in Renaissance.

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Historical and Folklore Museum of Gavalohori

The museum was founded in 1968 and was officially opened in September 1993. It is housed in a building that is a typical sample of the local architecture and is housed on two floors: the ground floor with a balcony, internal yard, an arched house with auxiliary rooms and a mezzanine.

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Historical and Folklore Museum of Therisso

The historic village of Therisso was a seat of the Cretan rebels in 1905, under Eleftherios Venizelos, the most important Politician of Modern Greece.

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Museum of Cretan Ethnology

The Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori consists of an exhibition complex and a Research and Conference Center. The exhibition is housed in a two storey building and consists of 3000 exhibits.

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Folklore Museum of Chania

In the old city center there is the private Folk Museum "Cretan House" which was founded by the passion of two women, Aspasia Bikaki and Irini Koumandraki.

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Musical Workshop Labyrinth

The Musical Workshop Labyrinth was founded in 1982 by Ross Daly and since 2002 it is housed in a scenic old building in Houdetsi village.

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Folklore Museum of Neapolis

The Folklore and Historical Museum of Neapolis is housed since 2016 in the building of the First Gymnasium of Neapolis and is managed by the Cultural Folklore Society of Ano Mirabello. Its exhibition is composed of relics of the cultural tradition from the province of Mirabello that depict the everyday life after the 19th century.

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