The museum is housed in the Venetian monastery of Saint Francis. It began operating as an archeological museum in 1963. The complex is located on Chalidon street.
The exhibits offer glimpse of the cultural history of Chania from the Neolithic era up to the years of the Roman Empire. The exhibition is separated into two main parts: The eastern part where you can see finding of the Late Neolithic and Bronze periods (Minoan Times). In the western wing you can see exhibits from antiquity and the Iron Age (Historic Times.
During the summer months the Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.