Maritime Museum of Crete
Maritime Museum of Crete
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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  • NickofSurrey
    Surrey, United Kingdom1,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the modest admission fee
    This review is about the Maritime Museum (red building on the left side of the harbout) and not the Nautical Museum on the seafront towards Koum Kapi beach. This Museum was OK on the ground floor but really interesting on the first floor where there were separate rooms about Greece around WW1 and the Battle of Crete in 1941. Has films on a loop about both. I spent an hour there and could easily have spent double that time looking at all of the exhibits.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Rosie B
    126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inderstanding Crete
    So much more than just a maritime museum charting the history in the main since 1850. Lot to see but a brilliant video (about 20 mins) explaining the history of Crete, the invaders, the struggles and the freedom. Its not just about boats its far more but ensure you see the video on second floor.Right at one end of the harbour, so hard to miss - opp the Venitian lighthouse.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom1,080 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the display upstairs about the fall of Crete in 1941
    This is an excellent museum, with numerous exhibits relating to the maritime history of Crete. If you like precise models of ships you’ll love it, although there is a very large number of such exhibits! Look out for the model of the “Arias”, which lost a chunk of its forward hull in action, and was still brought back to Alexandria by its skipper, John Toumbas. Upstairs, despite its designation as a “naval” museum, there is also a substantial display abut the 1941 battle of Crete, which tells the powerful story of how the people of Crete came to fall under the subjugation of the invading German army. By the way, you’ll be greeted by a dramatic statue of Poseidon on the way in.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Miłosz
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immerse in the history of ship building
    Thing I liked the most in this places is an actual model of Minoan age ship. Entry fee is 3 €. Did you know that nobody know how ancient Greeks built their ships? Only a couple of pieces of old wood remained of them. A group of scientists and enthusiasts analyzed the remaining pieces, created a reduction model and finally, having only copies of tools used at that time, turned a couple of cedar logs into an actual ship. You can watch the photos explaining every part of the process.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 11, 2024
  • davazno1
    Timisoara, Romania542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You should visit this small but well kept museum , 1-2 hours should be enough
    Great museum well stocked with exhibits , it is a small place that you can visit in 1-2 hours , I recommend it to everyone . It is located in the old town Firka Fortress . It was not overcrowded , visted on june 2024
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2024
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smvNYC
New York City, NY359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
After walking through town for a couple of hours, the museum provided a perfect place to cool off and learn about the history of the islands. The exhibits are not large and seem to be organized around the museum's collections, rather than a specific theme or logic. Nevertheless, a good stop.
Written August 15, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Maritime Museum is important because Greece is a country whose history has always been tied to the sea. When we entered, we were met by a life-sized statue of Poseidon, the god of the sea.

There are several exhibits tracing the evolution of ships from very early times, and exhibits related to sea battles as far back as the first millennium BC.

We found the model of the Venetian shipyard interesting. The buildings still exist today and serve as restaurants and parking garages.

But the biggest share of the exhibits were from the modern era – World War One, and World War Two. We learned that the first surface vessel to be sunk by a submarine happened during the first world war. The surface ship was German, and the submarine was Greek.

When Greece capitulated after being overrun by the Nazis during WWII, the Greek Navy never surrendered. It found haven in ports aligned with the Allies and fought throughout the war. There were Greek ships in the English Channel to support the Normandy Invasion.

WWII was hard on Greece. Hitler could not believe these people would not just roll over. The resistance movement here was strong, and the Germans were brutal. One of the most thought provoking exhibits was of the writings and drawings created by children during that period showing how they felt about the conflict.

Other exhibits show posters and art from the period depicting how the Greek people fought back with whatever they had. Their warrior spirit would not let then give up.

Well worth some time, even if you are not a history buff because it gives insight into the nature of the Greek people. You can easily spend two or more hours there reading all of the descriptive signage.
Written November 1, 2021
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davazno1
Timisoara, Romania542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great museum well stocked with exhibits , it is a small place that you can visit in 1-2 hours , I recommend it to everyone . It is located in the old town Firka Fortress . It was not overcrowded , visted on june 2024
Written July 4, 2024
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LichfieldBoy
Lichfield785 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We went expecting it would only take about 45 minutes to go round but ended up spending 2.5 hours there. We found it really interesting and informative especially the WW2 material. I'd recommend a visit if you're by the harbour and follow it with lunch or dinner at one of the many tavernas in the area.
Written September 30, 2022
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Jonathan746
Dublin, Ireland130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Lots of history and models of boats and naval battles, worth a look. Open now Aug 14. Not a lot of explanatory writing like you get with the best museums, just stuff for you to look at. Still an interesting 30 min visit.
Written August 15, 2021
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Michele M
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
This museum is not closed! You just have to check the hours of availability. Yesterday it was open till 1540, we spent two hours there. Very interesting! We loved learning about the Battle of Crete during World War II and the history of the city from ancient, classical, Byzantine and Venetian times. There is an excellent model of the city showing the battlements and the walls of the inner and outer castle/ city.
Written August 21, 2021
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This review is about the Maritime Museum (red building on the left side of the harbout) and not the Nautical Museum on the seafront towards Koum Kapi beach. This Museum was OK on the ground floor but really interesting on the first floor where there were separate rooms about Greece around WW1 and the Battle of Crete in 1941. Has films on a loop about both. I spent an hour there and could easily have spent double that time looking at all of the exhibits.
Written September 12, 2023
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John S
Uxbridge, UK1,052 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A nice little museum that has some excellent model ships and other nautical memorabilia. The thing that we liked best was the magnificent exhibition of all things pertaining to the Battle of Crete during WW2. The Cretans have a humbling respect for those men and women, (of all nationalities), who lost their lives during that terrible conflict. I found the museum totally absorbing and wholly recommend it.
Written June 27, 2022
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,080 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is an excellent museum, with numerous exhibits relating to the maritime history of Crete. If you like precise models of ships you’ll love it, although there is a very large number of such exhibits!
Look out for the model of the “Arias”, which lost a chunk of its forward hull in action, and was still brought back to Alexandria by its skipper, John Toumbas.
Upstairs, despite its designation as a “naval” museum, there is also a substantial display abut the 1941 battle of Crete, which tells the powerful story of how the people of Crete came to fall under the subjugation of the invading German army.
By the way, you’ll be greeted by a dramatic statue of Poseidon on the way in.
Written October 31, 2023
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Geoffery G
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Amazing museum. Not just maritime but also some land section. An awesome upstairs area dedicated to the Battle of Crete. An awesome two hours. Wanted more time. It closes relatively early at 340pm so get in there early. Well worth it.
Written July 19, 2021
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