Historical Folklore Museum of Gavalochori

Historical Folklore Museum of Gavalochori is located in Chania and hosted in the building of the former Community of Gavalochori.

The building of the Historical Folklore Museum of Gavalochori exemplifies the local architecture and has two floors. The ground floor also has a patio, an arched room with auxiliary spaces, while the first floor has an attic. Part of the building was built during the Venetian period and the first floor was built under the Turkish rule.

The exhibition of objects is in accordance with modern museum concepts, with explanatory articles, photographs, drawings and models and is enriched each year by new findings.

The exhibits are categorized into the following themes: arched house, silk, pottery, lithotomy and stone sculpturing, carving and iconography, weapons and coins.

The Historical Folklore Museum of Gavalochori was used as a residence until the late 20th century. The heirs of the last inhabitants, the couple George and Mary Stylianaki, donated it to the community of Gavalochori.

In the historical part of the historical museum of Gavalochori there are guns and swords from the long battles of the Cretans and a small part with historical paintings and lithographs that show documents of the major events of Greek and Cretan history. There you will also see Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish and Cretan coins and currency of Syracuse (405-345 BC), as well as medals of the people of Gavalochori, who won them on the battlefields.

In the Historical Folklore Museum of Gavalochori elementary students have the chance to partake in an educational program.

Phone: 00302825023222, 00302825022625

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 to 19:00 Sunday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 19:00