Archaeological museum of Ancient Eleftherna

The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna in Rethymno prefecture is located at the archaeological site of Ancient Eleftherna, about 25 km southeast of Rethymno, between Arkadi and Margarites.

To Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna will open its doors to the public in the mid-2015 and will be the first museum at the archaeological site on Crete, like the Olympia on the Peloponnese, Delphi in mainland Greece and Vergina in Macedonia as archaeologists claim.

The museum along with its surroundings occupies an area of 13 acres, while the museum itself will be housed in an area of 1,800 m2 and will include an exhibition area with patio, offices, maintenance areas and the restrooms.

The exhibition of the findings in the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna will display approximately 15,000 items, unearthed by the archaeologists from the necropolis of Ancient Eleftherna and not only.

The big hall will host the findings relevant with the city of Eleftherna itself and its history, from 3.000 BC until the Byzantine period and will include the whole range of excavations. The second hall will display sacred and traditional, every-day items, while the third hall will be dedicated to the necropolis. The showcases will not only display the items, but also will explain the relations among Eleftherna and Crete and other cities. At the entrance there will be touchscreens placed to provide the information to the visitors.

To Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, which lies at the south western end of the site, gives the visitor the opportunity to see the tombs and the excavations and Psiloritis itself in plain sight.

The novelty of the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is that every few years new items will be exhibited since the excavations are still going on.