The Nautical Museum of Crete
The Nautical Museum of Crete is located at the entrance of the historical fortress "Firka". It was founded in 1973 in order to promote the nautical traditions and history of the island. The Museum cooperates and interacts with other Nautical Museums in 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 ect. The exhibits are organized in units, in chronological order from the Copper Age until today.
There is also a special exhibition of the sea environment, with a rich collection of shells from different parts of the world.
A great vision of the Nautical Museum of Crete was realized with the construction of a Minoan Ship, based on a research program of experimental archeology, with the use of original materials, tools and procedures of the time it refers to (15th century BC).
For this difficult project, the Nautical Museum of Crete cooperated with the Institute of Research of Ancient Marine Architecture and Technology "NAVADOMOS", which was responsible for the research and direction of the project. It is the main exhibit of the Museum for the projection of Cretan culture.
An important development step for the Nautical Museum is the recent assignment of one of the Venetian "Neoria" (dockyard) by the Ministry of Culture, for the creation of a permanent exhibition of ancient and traditional marine architecture.
The educational programs of the museum are designed for different people of all ages, including young children and children with special needs.
Address: Kountourioti coast, tel. 0030 28210 91875
Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00