The Maritime Museum of Crete is located at the entrance to the Firka Fortress in the west part of the Old Port. The characteristic red building, with its big anchor in the outer courtyard has housed the exhibits since 1973. It was established to safeguard the maritime traditions of Crete.
The exhibits are divided into specific sections -reception and symbols, Venetian, Balkan Wars, Independence Struggle, Byzantine period, Bronze Age, Altar of the Fatherland, World War II, Postwar Period, Bridge Destroyer and the Merchant Navy.
The permanent exhibition comprises of 2,500 objects, including paintings, maps, nautical instruments, photographs, heirlooms etc, covering the period from the Bronze Age to the present. In addition, you will have the opportunity to admire a rich collection of shells from around the world in the museum.
The construction of a model Minoan ship is a reference point in the Maritime Museum. It was built in cooperation with the Research Institute of Ancient Shipbuilding and Technology, "Nafdomos", and used authentic materials, tools and processes of the time (15th century BC). The model is located in one of the Venetian Arsenals in the east cove of the Venetian Port and was granted by the Culture ministry and the Maritime Museum of Crete. The space also houses the Maritime Shipbuilding Exhibition and the Traditional Greek Shipbuilding Exhibition.