Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum information

Location
Hania , Greece
Address
Halidon 30
Telephone
+30 28210 90334
Prices
adult/child €3/free
Opening hours
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 3pm Sat & Sun
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The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from neolithic to Roman times. The museum’s late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as much as a large glass case with an entire herd of clay bulls (used to worship Poseidon). Other standouts include three Roman floor mosaics, Hellenistic gold jewellery, clay tablets with Linear A and Linear B script, and a marble sculpture of Roman emperor Hadrian.

Also particularly impressive are the statue of Diana, and in the pretty courtyard, a marble fountain decorated with lions’ heads, a vestige of the Venetian tradition. A Turkish fountain is a relic from the building’s days as a mosque.

The church itself was a mosque under the Turks, a movie theatre in 1913, and a munitions depot for the Germans during WWII.

If you visit the city’s Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection first, that box office sells a joint ticket (adult/child €3/free).