The permanent exhibition includes objects that provide an enduring image of the cultural history of Chania from the Neolithic period through the Roman period.
The exhibition is divided widthwise into two major sections: the eastern part, with artifacts of the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age (Minoan times), and, the western part with antiquities out of Iron Age (historical times). The findings are presented both according to excavation sets and themes. The collections include Minoan finds from the city of Chania, prehistoric finds from caves, Minoan finds from various parts of the county, finds from the graves of the Geometric period, historical discoveries from the city of Chania and several other towns (such as the ancient city of Kydonia, Idramia, Aptera, Polyrinia, Kissamos, Elyros, Irtakina, Syia, Lissos, Chania, Axos, and Lappa), coins, jewelry (prehistoric and historical times), sculptures, inscriptions, columns, mosaics.
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The most important items of the exhibition are:
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Clay sealing from Kasteli, near Chania, with a representation of a Minoan city and its patron deity. Dated to the second half of the 15th century B.C.
Clay tablet inscribed with signs of the Linear A script from Kasteli near Chania, dated to 1450 B.C.
Small clay tablets with texts in Linear B script, from Kasteli near Chania. Dated to 1300 B.C.
Clay bathtub used as funerary larnax. It was found in a grave at the Koubes quarter of modern Chania and dates to 1300-1200 B.C.
Clay pyxis with a representation of a kithara player. It comes from a chamber tomb in the area of Koiliaris in Kalyves-Aptera and dates to 1300-1200 B.C.
Gold disks from a female pithos burial from Pelekapina near Chania. Dated to the Geometric period (early 9th century B.C.).
Head of a clay figurine from a female burial in a family rock-cut tomb in the city of Chania. Dated to the end of the 4th century B.C.
Clay figurine of a mourner from a subterranean rock-cut tomb in the city of Chania. Dated to the end of 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century B.C.
Mosaic floor decorated with a representation of Dionysos and Ariadne. It was found in Chania and dates to the 3rd century A.D.
Bust of the Roman emperor Hadrian. It is made of marble and comes from the Diktynna sanctuary. Dated to the 2nd century A.D.
In the year 2000 the interesting collection of Constantine, Marika and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was donated to the Archaeological Museum of Chania. It occupies three small rooms in the north and in contact with the church of San Francesco. The exhibits are the 1 / 3 of the collection and the presentation follows the chronological order (late 4th millennium BC - 3rd century AD.). It includes findings of Minoan pottery, pottery, stone carving, seals, jewelry and varia (various items from various locations).
The Archaeological Museum of Chania is situated at Chalidon 21, Street close to the old harbour of Chania
It is housed in the katholikon of the Venetian monastery of St. Francis
. During the period of the Turkish occupation it was the Muslim mosque of Yussuf Pasha, while in modern times it was used as a cinema (Cine "Idaion Andron") or a storehouse for military equipment. Since 1963 it has been functioning as the Archaeological Museum of the city.
21 Chalidon Str. , Hania
Chania Archaeological Museum
Entrance fee: 2 € Reduced 1 €
Telephone: (+30)28210 - 90334
Email: protocol@keepka. culture.gr
Archaeological guides, books and cards are for sale at the ticket office at the entrance of the museum.
In the shop of the Archaeological Resources Fund, housed in a small room south of the entrance of the museum, can also be found, exact copies of ancient artifacts, books and guides.