The Maritime Museum is located at the marina of Zea in Freatida region of Piraeus. It was founded in 1949, while it is housed in its current building since 1971. The aim of the museum is the collection, preservation, storage, and exhibition of objects that have to do with Greek navigation, its growth, and its achievements.
The exhibits start from the first boats during the prehistoric era and continue with ships that existed during the Classical era and the Byzantine Empire. It points out the evolution that led to the 18th century, it includes the naval battles of the Balkan Wars, as well as those during the World Wars until today.
There is an extensive reference to the evolving from sailing ships to steamships. Additionally, it includes a large collection of maps from all over the world from the 16th up to the 19th century.