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, Therisso, Gavalohori, Piskopiano, Somatas, Ini, Asites, Chandras, 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 Archanes, Vatolakos, etc.
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.
The museum exhibits many objects and tools used by the older generations from the Turkish Era until ’60s. Some of these are rare folk art samples.
The folk museum of Pefki is housed in the old Elementary School of the village. The collection consists of everyday objects of the Cretan past, donated by locals.
The folklore exhibition "Vrahassi House" is located at the historic village of Vrahassi by Neapolis. It is housed in a house built in 1880 with the typical traditional architecture of Crete.
The folk museum of Hamezi is housed in an old traditional house of the village, of typical Cretan traditional architecture (with stone arches). The collection consists of everyday H of the Cretan past, donated by locals.
The folk museum of Ini is housed in the Cultural Association Building of the village. The collection consists of everyday objects of the Cretan past, donated by locals.
The Historical and Folklore Museum of Viannos was founded in 1996 at the birthplace of a famous Greek author, John Kondilakis (a part of the museum is dedicated to him).
At Mohos operates a folklore museum, in which everyday objects of old times are exhibited. The museum is housed in a beautiful stone building managed by the Cultural Association of Mohos.
The Folklore Museum of Ano Asites operates since 1995 in a traditional building of 1880. It represents a traditional Cretan house, where the ground floor houses the warehouse and the kitchen, and the floor houses the bedroom and the living room.