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

With a modest but extremely symbolic ceremony at the Firkas Fortress in the Venetian Port of Chania, the first phase of the twinning of the Municipality of Chania with the Municipality of Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA was completed on the afternoon of Monday, September 20, 2021. With the lighthouse and The Port of Chania, at
On July 4, 2021 we had the special honor and pleasure to include a text for the Maritime Museum of Crete in CRETAN TIMES, Magazine of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand. The text is a first acquaintance with the premises of the Museum and our cultural activity with the Cretans of Australia

Covid Free Zone

Following the measures of the Greek Government to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, which are implemented from Monday 13 September, visitors to the Maritime Museum of Crete must have: Vaccination Certificate or Disease Certificate or Negative rapid test 48 hours.

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Ground Floor

First Floor