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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Good overview of the Byzantine period to WWII

Not a large Museum, so you can take your time. Good overview of the later periods of Crete, up to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Good, but flawed museum

This museum gives a good overview of Cretan history, but has some flaws. The museum is modern, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. It was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which had been established two years earlier. The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building, which was constructed in 1903 on the site of an earlier mansion belonging to the Kalokerinos family. The second building, designed by K. Tsandirakis, was clearly influenced by morphological features of the earlier one, and was later listed as a historical monument. The new museum extension to the west constituted an attempt to combine traditional and modern architecture. The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history. The process of enriching the collections, extending exhibition space and redefining the museum's aims has never ceased. Prolific research and publishing activity, the organisation of temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and the use of audiovisual media all form part of the modern educational role adopted by the Historical Museum of Crete over time. The same approach also includes the gradual re-organisation of the collections on display so as to appeal to a wider range of visitors, thus offering them the opportunity to understand the many facets of historical development on Crete from early Byzantine times to the present day.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not a large Museum, so you can take your time. Good overview of the later periods of Crete, up to the Second World War. Some fine exhibits, and I particularly enjoyed the account of the kidnap of the German General by the British, with the...More

Thank paulandozzie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum gives a good overview of Cretan history, but has some flaws. The museum is modern, and many of the displays are quite interesting. Sometimes, however, events are poorly explained. For example, there are repeated references to a "holocaust" at the Arkadi monastery, but,...More

Thank nippnsc
EKIM_IMK, Manager at Historical Museum of Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Sir, Regarding your comments about omissions and flaws in the narration of the Historical Museum of Crete we would like to point out the following. It is common museum practice to use terms and definitions based on the scientific bibliography. In the case of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was interested and impressed with the local Cretan displays, but particularly with the displays of the War of Independence and the Second World War.

Thank Ron L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is all about Crete's often turbulent history from BC to post WW2. Laid out over 4 floors with unique e exhibitions. Really enjoyed the relu2gious icons set against low lighting and black back drops. 5€ to get in and well worth it. Cafe...More

Thank maggie1966
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the 4th century AD onward to World War II, this museum picks up where Heraklion's archaeological museum stops. It has a wealth of artifacts and exhibits, most with well-written information, also in English. I was especially impressed with the exhibits on the third floor,...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is worth visiting while the exhibitions vary from.time to time. Wonderfull balcony for coffees with a view. The best thing during summer " live music in the museum's garden" usually wonderful and the ticket includes the museum visit

Thank Μαρία Μ
Reviewed 15 August 2017

A modern museum full of interesting artefacts and information about Crete. From early days through to the awful occupation during WWII and up to date. There is a wonderful collection of religious icons, worth a look if only for the artistry, along with a collection...More

Thank Oxtaff
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We visited Heraklion for the day, my 11 year old daughter is mad for history. I was surprised when she asked to look around the museum, but I'm glad she did. Some of the artefacts that are on display from centuries ago is amazing. All...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We took our 4 year old here and read out the information for her. She was so intrigued with everything. There was do much to see. We got there 40 minutes before closing so the lady at the desk allowed us to go in for...More

Thank P76btt
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Along with the archeological museum, it beautifully unfolds the enormous history and culture of this small land. I found the WWII area particularly moving as it awakens memories of our very recent history.

Thank kate8801
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10 April 2017|
Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Dear EssexPam, Thank you for your email. Please contact Mr. Costas Mamalakis, our WWII, and Battle of Crete advisor, for information regarding your request. His personal email is i_s_l_d@yahoo.gr. We hope to see you at the... More
1 November 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Winter Opening Hours (November - March) Monday - Saturday 09.00-15.30 Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
16 September 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, the literature along with the valid scientific articles are in Greek language. However, we would recommend the purchase of the printed guide of the Museum of Rural Life, through the... More