Chemistry Museum of Chania

Chemistry Museum of Chania

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The museum has been open to the public since 1996, on the second floor of the regional office of the General Chemical State Laboratory.

It is a representation of the first public chemical laboratory of Greece, which was founded in 1900 on the initiative of Ioannis Vamvakas.

One can visit the library, where old chemistry books are kept, the office of Professor Vamvakas with his portrait, and also see the Decree No.143 of 1900 of the Cretan State, signed by Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete.

The museum suffered extensive damage during World War II and everything that managed to be saved is kept with special care. The laboratory played an important rule in the early 20th century and the publication of several notable studies that became very popular with Greek chemists at the time. One such book, “The work of the Public Health Laboratory in Chania” was published in 1913 and was the first of its kind.

The Chemistry Museum is one of more than two dozen found in Chania, including the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, the Naval Museum, and Minoans World 3D Museum & 9D Cinema. Chania is one of the most beautiful cities in Crete and all of Greece and is perfect to explore on foot, so don’t hesitate to get lost in the cobblestone alleyways and explore all that it has to offer.

Entrance for visitors is free during working hours when the laboratory is open. For group tours, it is best to call ahead for details.

While in the area, you can stroll around the beach of Koum Kapi that offers countless cafe and restaurant/bar options to visitors. In the morning, the area is popular with locals and visitors, and it stays busy until late in the night, especially in the summer. The beach is not organized but that doesn’t prevent people from jumping in for a refreshing swim. In the past, swimming was banned due to water pollution but has since been cleared after the construction of a biological cleaning station.



Trikoupi Str & 34 Venizelou Str

Tel: +30 28210 42504 Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-13.00