Displayed here are ancient findings from the bottom of the ocean, displays of ships, seashells, and without a doubt the crown jewel - a life size replica of a Minoan vessel, built out of original materials.
The museum also displays smaller replicas of ancient boats, from the Bronze Age, up to Corbatas from World War II, and Greek merchant ships, submarines, and destroyers.
The museum's purpose is to tell about the Greek shipping history and the Crete version specifically. The museum is set up in chronological order.
The building itself has meaning as well, the Greek flag was erected here for the first time in 1913, when Crete officially became a part of Greece.