Displayed over two floors, the Museum has a rich and varied collection of models, paintings, photographs and memorabilia spanning the centuries of maritime history, mainly from Chios but also from other parts of Greece and the rest of the world.
A focal point is the development of 20th-century shipping in Greece with representations of sailing vessels, followed by steamships, which belonged to Chian shipowners, as well as Liberty ships and other modern vessels, which ushered in Greece’s post-war maritime success.
The Museum displays a variety of ships’ models from traditional trehandiri caïques, intricate fully-rigged 17th and 18th-century brigs, clippers and warships including Nelson’s HMS Victory. The late 19th-century transition to steamships is represented by a variety of full and half-models of vessels, as well as Liberty ships and more modern motor bulk carriers.
One of the main features of the exhibition are the nautical paintings by Chian artist Aristidis Glykas, born in Vrondados (1870-1940). The paintings of sailing and steam ships, commissioned by local ship owners, are considered masterpieces of late 19th and early 20th-century folk art.
This important collection was kindly donated by the Progressive Cultural Union of Vrondados (P.E.K.E.V.), in addition to ships’ models and parts of vessels.
The exhibition also includes works by other Greek maritime folk artists such as Christoforos Kykladitis and N. I Nicolaidis. As well as paintings by well-known British marine artists John Stobart and Gordon Ellis.
The museum’s library consists of a large collection of books, publications, charts and documents on maritime themes. These were originally donated by journalist Efstathios A. Batis, with further donors adding to the museum’s collection, it is an invaluable resource for those interested in maritime studies and history.
There is also a display of rare old photographs depicting life on the island and its people.
In the museum’s courtyard, stands a memorial to Chian merchant mariners who lost their lives during World War II (1939-1945), their names are engraved on a stainless steel monument, designed by sculptor Alexander Kokkinos.
Museum Opening Hours
9:00 – 13:00
(1 November to 30 April)
9:00 – 14:00
(1 May to 31 October)
Closed on Public Holidays and Sundays.
Εxcept Sundays in August, open 9:00-14:00
For Schools/Students in Chios FREE
Tel: (+30) 22710 44139
Fax: (+30) 22710 44141