Museums of Crete


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 ArchanesVatolakos, 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.

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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.


Thirathen Musical Museum

At the main square of the village Kroussonas we meet the Museum of Greek folk music, musical instruments, with the characteristic name "THIRATHEN".


Kolimvari Fisheries Museum

The Museum of Maritime Heritage and Tradition of Fishing (Fisheries Museum) started as an idea in 2000 and the work was completed in 2001. It started its journey as a permanent exhibition in August 2005.


Chania School Life Museum

The museum was founded in 2006 by the Prefecture of Chania and is housed in the old Primary School of Nerokourou village, 4 km south of the city of Chania.


Museum of the Acritans of Europe at Paleochora

The museum of Acritans of Europe is housed in the center of Paleochora town, in the old boarding house. It was established on July 2006 and funded by the program "Culture 2000».


Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos

The Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos was founded in 1978 and is housed in the Old Port Service by Lake Voulismeni. Most of the exhibited objects were donated by the Touring Club of Agios Nikolaos.


Folklore Museum of Sitia

The Folklore Museum of Sitia was founded in 1975 and is housed in a beautiful neo-classical house. The collection refers to the town of Sitia in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century.


Folklore Museum of Chandras

The folk museum of Handras is housed in an old traditional house of the village. The collection consists of everyday objects of the Cretan past, donated by locals.


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