The Museum has been housed since 1963 in the historic
centre of Chania, in the church of the Monastery of St Francis, a major
monument of the Venetian period in
Museum collections contain finds from the Neolithic sites (mainly caves),
settlements and cemeteries of the Minoan and Historic periods found in
Numerous decorated clay vases and female figurines, clay tablets in Linear A and B script, sealings, Minoan clay larnakes, gold jewellery, sculpture, coins, inscriptions, dedicatory stelai and mosaics all form part of this stunning exhibition. The most emblematic exhibits of the Museum are the clay tablets in Linear A and B script and the archive of Linear B tablets from Cydonia, as well as the famous clay “Master Impression”, depicting a scene unique in Minoan art: a typical Minoan landscape that can be identified with Kastelli Hill, where the sealing was found. At the centre of the image, on the roof of a building complex set on a hill by the sea, stands an imposing male figure holding a spear or staff in his outstretched right hand. Another impressive exhibit is the group of clay bulls of varying sizes from an open-air sanctuary in the area of Tsiskiana (4th c. BC - 3rd c. AD), votive offerings to the god Poseidon, to whose cult the sanctuary was dedicated.
In three small rooms on the north side of the Museum, adjoining the church of St Francis, is exhibited part of the Konstantinos, Marika and Kyriakos Mitsotakis Collection, comprising examples of Minoan pottery, clay models, stone-carving and seal-carving, as well as jewellery and various other artefacts dated from the late 4th millennium BC to the 3rd c. AD.
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