As the tour makes its way, your private tour guide will show you the archaeological museum of Chania which is situated at 21st Halidon Street and is housed in the temple of St Franciscus. The exhibition area consists of two main areas. In the first half of the exhibition area, we see finds of the post-Neolithic era and those of the copper era. In the second half at the far end of the hall, antiquities of the historical era are displayed.
The tour starts from the left to right as you walk into the museum. In the showcases on the left there are vases and post-Neolithic ceramics (3.400-2.900) as far as the post-Minoan era (1.200 B.C.) ranging from the cave of Platiyolas to Keramia and from the cave Mameloukou of Kydonias Gardens. There are also vases, ceramics and small objects that were unearthed chiefly by the Greek-Swedish excavation (around the middle of the sixties and still continuing). It is worth giving special attention to the archives of tablets with Linear A Scripture, the clay discs and seals. One of the most important discoveries of minoan archaeology, as regards the theme of its representation, is a clay seal depicting a leader or a god on top of a multilevel building composite, that probably is a Minoan palace (1500-1400 B.C.). This is followed by showcases of vases of the Geometric era (1.000-700 B.C.), named geometric from its decorative designs on the vases, found mainly in cemeteries of the borough (Gavalomouri and Vouves Kissamou – Modi Kydonias).
Next, toward the eastern side of the museum, there are statues and sepulchral pillars of Hellenistic and Roman times, from various parts of the borough, but mainly from the Asklepeion of Lisso, from the Diktineo, a statue of Diana, a bust of the Emperor Hadrian from the Roman Kissamos. In the same area, one can see mosaics from the city of Chania (3rd century A.D.), which represent Poseidon liberating the nymph Amimone, daughter of the king of Argos, Danaos, from the hands of a Satyr, and also mosaics with representations of Dionysos and Ariadne in Naxos.
In the showcases on the right northern side of the museum, there are excellent archaic idols from Axos of Rethymno, as well as Hellenistic and Roman idols from various parts of Chania. Reddish and black-shaded vases of the post-classic period (4th century B.C.) from the cemetery of Falassarna and from the town of Chania, and Hellenistic and Roman vases and idols from the cemetery of Tarra, also glassware vases and lanterns of different eras from various parts of Chania. In special display cases, coins of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times are on display.
On the northern side and towards the exit to the courtyard of the Museum, as we go down two steps, there are display cases with seals and tablets with Linear A and B Scriptures from the town of Chania. Also, in other showcases in the same area, there are necklaces of glass beads and stoneware, copper hairpins and needles, small copper objects, like the copper arrow and the copper idol of an animal from a temple found in the Gorge of Samaria of the Roman period, various items of jewellery (silver, gold, copper). On the north-western side there are jars and vases of post-Minoan years, a few of which are ritualistic, but most of which come from the cemetery of Kidnap situated under today’s city of Hernia. Special attention should be given to the compass with a representation of a guitarist and to a double vase with a ritualistic character decorated with birds (1.400-1.200 B.C.). There is also a temporary exhibition of urns from the post-Minoan III A/B (1.400-1.200 B.C.) necropolis of the Armenians of Etymon with very beautiful representations. In the courtyard of the Museum, there is a beautiful garden with flowers, there are various sculptures from the period of Venetian domination, a marble lion and a marble fountain with lions heads that was set up in the Venetian period in Fountain Square at the port of Hernia. There is also a beautiful Turkish fountain.