Chania Archaeological Museum Tours

Tucked behind the façade of the former Venetian church of St Francis, Chania’s Archaeological Museum can be visited as part of an electric Trikke tour of its charming Old Town. Displays cover the periods from Neolithic and Minoan to late Roman times, and exhibit treasures found during excavations around the town and across western Crete.

The collections are elegantly displayed under the soaring vaulted ceiling of the church’s nave and include models of ships, clay seals, battered Classical statuary and a bust of Emperor Hadrian. Highlights are a bird-shaped Minoan drinking vessel dating from 3000-2300 BC; gold discs from a Neolithic burial site, thought to be from the 9th century BC; an almost-complete mosaic of Dionysos and Ariadne, which was uncovered during building work in Chania and dates from the 3rd century AD; and a charming clutch of carved animals. The Mitsotakis Collection, donated to the museum in 2000, is also on display and encompasses Minoan pottery and jewelry.

The Turkish Fountain in the courtyard outside the museum originally stood in Eleftherios Venizelos Square down by Chania’s Venetian harbour.

Practical Info

Open Tue–Fri 8am–7pm; Sat–Sun 8.30am–3pm. Admission for adults is €2; seniors, students and children is €1. The museum is best reached on foot in the pedestrianized old town. Chania can be reached by daily ferry from Piraeus in Athens, and by plane via Chania International Airport, which is 9 miles (14 km) from the town center.
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Address: 28 Halidon Street, Chania, Crete 731 00, Greece
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Hours: Tue–Fri 8am–7pm; Sat–Sun 8.30am–3pm
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Admission: Adults: €2; Seniors, Students and Children: €1
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Private Tour: Trikke and Discover Cretan Art from Chania

Hop on a Trikke electric scooter and visit three top Chania museums on a 2-hour Cretan arts and history tour. Master your easy-to-ride Trikke and follow your knowledgeable guide through the picturesque Old Town streets as you hear historical anecdotes and stories. Visit the Folklore Museum to learn about bygone local life before riding to the Archaeological Museum. After inspecting the Minoan, Venetian and Ottoman artifacts here, cruise by Trikke to the harborside Maritime Museum, a treasure trove of exhibits on Crete’s seafaring past. Ideal for families and first-time visitors.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Good Morning Chania Bike Tour

Cover much more ground than you can on foot when you take a guided bike tour through Chania. This comprehensive tour is an ideal choice for your first day in the city, or if you only have a short time to visit. Bike at a relaxing pace and discover the beauty of the city. Cycle through the Old City and Harbor, seeing the Egyptian Lighthouse, Jewish Synagogue, Temple of Aghios Rokkos, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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HALEPA TOUR

Sightseeing can be exhausting, especially if you don’t know the city or what to look for. Save your energy – and the soles of your shoes – on this convenient Segway tour around Chania’s Halepa region. Led through the area by your tour leader, see beautiful old buildings and landmarks like the Franciscan Monastery of Agios Fragkiskos and the Orthodox Church of Holy Maria Magdalena. As you ride through the neighborhood, learn more about its nationally-significant history from your personal audio guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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