The Nautical Museum of Crete is at the entrance of the historical Firka Fortress. It was founded in 1973 in order to promote the nautical traditions and history of the island and to cultivate the love for the sea as a source of life and national grandeur. It is the 2nd Nautical Museum in Greece in terms of age and size. The permanent exhibition includes 2.500 items, such as relics, objects found on the seabed, paintings, maps, photographs, models of ships, nautical equipment etc. 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 replica 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).
The educational programs of the museum are designed for different people of all ages, including young children and special needs children. The goal is to teach, encourage imagination and to promote thought and sensitivity both through individual and group participation.
01/11 – 31/04: Everyday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/05 – 31/10: Everyday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The museum is closed on public holidays