Opening of the new Archeological Museum – Chania 16th April

The new Archaeological Museum of Chania will open its doors to welcome visitors on Saturday, 16th April, 08.00 until 17.00.

The new Archeological Museum is located in Halepa – Chania,  Skra 15.

More details about the opening hours will be announced on Friday, 15th April.

The first visitor of the Archaeological Museum of Chania will be the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who will visit the Museum at 19:00 this Friday, accompanied by the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni, who will be in Chania the whole day.

As the Archaeological Museum is fully ready and the tourist season starts, the authorities decided to start its operation immediately. The official inauguration will probably take place in June.

The new Archaeological Museum of Chania is designed by the internationally renowned architect Theofanis Bobotis. It is adjacent to the National Foundation for Research and Studies  ‘Eleftherios K. Venizelos’, the historic church of St. Magdalene, the house of Prince George, the former French School and  the Villa Schwartz.New Arch Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Chania was founded in 1963 and was housed in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis in Halidon Street, in the Old Town of Chania.
In April 2022 now the New Archeological Museum is opening its doors to the public in the historic neighborhood of Chalepa, following a difficult and demanding transfer of all the collections to their new location.

The new, contemporary museum boasts 6.000m², it is designed according to the bioclimatic principles and sustainability and will be housing around 3.500 archeological findings (1.000 more than the older building).

The collection of the museum includes findings from excavations in several areas of the city that have been performed during the last 50 years. The exhibits cover the cultural history of Chania from the neolithic period till the Roman Empire. One may find exhibits from the prehistoric period as well as from the geometric period until the Roman Empire. All of the findings are exhibited according to subject or the location they were excavated. The Archaeological Museum of Chania organizes several, temporal exhibitions, educational programs and various cultural events throughout the year in order to highlight the cultural and historical richness of Chania.

The project for the construction of the Chania’s new museum received funds from the Regional Operational Program Crete – NSRF 2014-2020, the public investment program of the Culture Ministry and the Crete Region.

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