Aegean Maritime Museum
Get an inside glimpse into Greece’s nautical history at this gem of a museum, which figures on many Mykonos walking and electric tuk-tuk tours; gourmands can combine culture and cuisine with a Mykonos tour that also includes a wine or cheese tasting. Stroll through the museum courtyard dotted with cannons, anchors, and ship helms to take in the collection of maritime artifacts and instruments inside. Don’t miss the museum’s garden, home to a restored lighthouse lantern displayed alongside a collection of larger artifacts and sailors’ gravestones recovered from around Mykonos.
Things to know before you go
- This small museum has a collection of detailed models of ancient and historic ships that are fascinating for younger visitors.
- The museum can only be reached on foot or via tuk-tuk, so be prepared to walk and wear comfortable shoes.
- There is no café, but the center of Mykonos is thick with eateries nearby for snacks or meals.
- The museum has a number of steps inside and outside and is not accessible to wheelchair users.
How to get there
The Aegean Maritime Museum is located on Enoplon Dynameon Street in the warren of narrow lanes that make up the historic center of Mykonos town. You can reach the museum on foot or by tuk-tuk as part of a larger sightseeing tour.
When to get there
The museum is open daily from April through October, though closes for a few hours in the early afternoon, but it usually stays open fairly late. Check ahead for closing times to avoid disappointment.
The Outlying Exhibits of the Aegean Maritime Museum
The Aegean Maritime Museum manages three additional historical exhibits located elsewhere on Mykonos: the picturesque Armenistis lighthouse and two vessels moored at the Hellenic Navy’s museum wharf at the Paleo Phaliro Marina: the Evangelistria (a Perama-type sailing boat) and the Thalis o Milissios (a cable-laying steamship). All three can be viewed for free from outside without having to purchase an additional admission ticket.