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Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

Last Update: Nov 2013
Museum, Cultural heritage RETHYMNON , CRETE , GREECE
(Est. 1991)
Terma Cheimaras Street, Fortezza, 74100 RETHYMNON , CRETE , GREECE
Tel.: +30 28310 54668
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0900-1600
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0800-1500

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno - Overview

  Since 1991, the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon has been housed in the pentagonal building opposite the main gate of the Fortezza. The building was constructed by the Turks in an effort to strengthen the city's defence. Due to the different functions that it served over the centuries - until the 1960's it was used as state prison - its original form has been significantly altered.
  The museum contains the following collections:
• Late Neolithic (3500-2900 B.C.) and Early Minoan (2800-2100 B.C.) finds from the caves of Gerani, Melidoni, Margeles and Helenes.
• Finds from the minoan settlements at Apodoulou, Monastiraki and from the peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, dated to the Middle Minoan period (2100-1600 B.C.)
• Late Minoan finds (1600-1100 B.C.) derived from cemeteries, the most representative being that of Armenoi
• Finds of the Geometric (1000-700 B.C.) and Archaic (700-500 B.C.) periods from Eleutherna and Axos
• Finds from Stavromenos and Argyroupolis (ancient Lappa) dated to the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods.
  Among the most important exhibits are:
Clay larnax decorated with a hunting scene. Found at the Late Minoan cemetery of Armenoi (1320-1200 BC.).
• Figurine of the Minoan goddess. The statuette represents the well-known Minoan female deity with upraised hands. It was found at Pangalochori and dates to the Late Minoan period (1320-1200 BC.).
Marble statue of Aphrodite. Roman copy of a Greek original, found at Argyroupolis. Dated to the 1st century AD.
• Clay model of a shrine. Preserved only in the upper part, it represents the upper floor of the shrine. It was found at Monastiraki and dates from the Middle Minoan period (1800-1700 BC.).
• Stone model of an offering table. The fragment preserves part of a Linear A inscription. It was found at the peak sanctuary of Vrysinas and dates from the Middle Minoan period (1700-1600 BC.).
• Pyxis strainer from Stavromenos. Clay footed vase with a lid and perforated base. The surface is decorated with painted rows of spirals and floral patterns. Dated to the Late Minoan period (1500-1450 BC.).
• Head of a terracotta female figurine. Found at Axos and dated to 530 B.C.
• Part of a marble funerary stele. It bears the relief representation of a warrior carrying a shield. It was found at Eleutherna and is dated to the second half of the 6th century BC.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 28310 29975, Fax: 28310 29975
    25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Rethymno

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Art & culture

Museum • Archaeological Museum
Visiting Information • Fixed hours / Admission fee
Museum exhibits • Weapons / Armour • Statues / Marble • Statuettes - Figurines / Clay / Marble • Pottery • Stelae / Funerary • Grave offerings
Periods of the exhibits • Late Neolithic, 5300-4500 BC • Bronze Age, 3200-1050 BC • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324

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