Museum of Cretan Lyra - is strongly connected with the tradition and music of Crete. The lyra is the traditional musical instrument of the island and visitors will listen to its music in all the villages of Crete, particularly in the inland. This museum is actually a workshop of the Cretan lyra. This workshop was originally founded in 1940 by Manolis Stagakis, a well-respected lyra artist (lyraris). He decided to make a lyra of his own when he could not find the musical instruments of his time. This is how this workshop started and the family tradition is kept till today. Along the decades, lyras of the Stagakis family were used by the most famous lyra artists of Crete. The Museum of Cretan Lyra is located in the modern part of Rethymnon Town, 2 km from the old part and right next to the Municipal Hospital. Entrance and guide is free.