Firka Fortress

On the northwest side of the harbor in the city of Chania, the Venetians built the Revellino del Porto, a fortification project to protect the harbor and its entrance. Today, the main building of the fortress houses the main number of exhibitions of the Maritime Museum of Crete. At the two floors of the museum, you will explore the maritime history of Crete and Greece.


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Shipyard Moro

In 1467, Venice gave the order for the creation of the Shipyards on the harbor of Chania for the repair of its ships. In 1593, sixteen shipyards (arsenals) had already been built. The construction of Shipyards Moro began in 1607. Since then, they have served various purposes. Today one of them hosts the exhibits of the Permanent Exhibition of Ancient and Traditional Shipbuilding of the Maritime Museum of Crete.

Maritime Museum of Crete

At the entrance of the port of Chania is situated the Fortress "FIRKA", which was constructed by the Venetians (1204-1669). Today, at the entrance of this Fortress is situated the Maritime Museum of Crete, which holds a concessive position since here, on December 1st 1913...

Permanent Exhibition of Ancient & Traditional Shipbuilding

An important step in the development of the Museum is the concession by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture of one of the Venetian Shipyards Moro in the old harbor of Chania for the creation of the permanent exhibition. Partial restoration of the Shipyard was carried out with the assistance of organizations and individuals who responded to a relevant appeal by the Museum.

Press Releases

We were very happy to receive an exceptional Donation in the last few days at our Museum. Our dear friend President of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand Mr. Antonis Tsourdalakis has sent us from Australia four collectible empty cookie boxes produced by the ANZAC team and two excellent frames one of which
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed military officers and crew members to the Maritime Museum of Crete on Saturday, March 11, 2023, as part of the international exercise “ARIADNI 23”. An extensive guided tour of the premises of our Museum took place and at the end of the guided tour, the exchange of
We had welcomed with great honor to the Maritime Museum of Crete on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 the captain and members of the crew of Frigate “Nikiforos Fokas”. An extensive guided tour of the premises of our Museum was carried out and at the end of the guided tour the exchange of customary gifts followed.

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