Hellenic Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in Greece.
The Museum was established in 1949 by a group of distinguished citizens of Piraeus, along with officers of the Hellenic Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. In its halls there are about 2,500 heirlooms and memorabilia displayed, arranged chronologically and thematically, evoking the maritime history and tradition from prehistoric times to the present day. The Μuseum also houses a Naval Library that has more than 18,000 books and periodicals titles mainly on naval history, science and art. It also has a rich historical archive and a photo archive with more than 12,000 photographs, as well as a collection of rare Greek and world maps dating from the 16th to the 19th century.
The Museum is member of I.C.O.M., I.C.M.M. and A.M.M.M. It actively participates in conferences on both national and international level as well as in exhibitions by lending artefacts. It also has a significant publishing activity. Additionally educational programmes for groups of schoolchildren are held at the museum on a daily basis.