Museums & Collections in Chania
Many of the premier collection of art and artifacts from the Minoan civilization are in Chania
During the Ottoman era, the monastery was transformed into a Muslim place of worship for Yussuf Pasha, while in modern times it has veriously served as a cinema and an army warehouse. It became a museum only in 1963.
It boasts discoveries from the prefecture such as architectural sculptures, inscriptions, frescoes, icons, coins, jewellery and ceramics.
It is housed at the entrance of the Venetian fortress of Firka, which stands guard over the opening to Chania Harbor.
The aim is to use the gallery not just as a museum, but also as a centre of cultural education of comprising art, science and speech with fine arts as its basis.
It is a branch of the War Museum of Athens.
The Historic Archive of Crete was founded in 1932 and it is located at 20, I. Sfakianaki Street. Its library comprises over 6500 books as well as very important documents from the Cretan rebellions from 1821, archives of the Cretan State as well as archives of civilians.
It is open to the public and it functions as a museum of furniture and personal items of the great leader.