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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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A very good museum

This museum is only a 5 minute walk from Heraklion's 'main drag' but I found it quite poorly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Good for those who like museums/history

If you're into educating yourself whilst on holiday, this is a great place to do so. Its give a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Raina P
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is only a 5 minute walk from Heraklion's 'main drag' but I found it quite poorly sign-posted. Entry is €5pp and includes a guide leaflet in your own language. The museum is deceptively large and is light & airy. It takes you on...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're into educating yourself whilst on holiday, this is a great place to do so. Its give a great overview of the history of the island through various exhibits that take you through major time periods. Great way to spend a few hours and...More

1  Thank Raina P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're a history buff or into Greek history, this should be a place you visit. I studied Anthropology, my boyfriend studied history, so this was right up our allies.

Thank Mac R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent nearly 2 hours to see the museum. There are a lot of nice collection which help us understand more about history of this country 4000 year old of culture and life..

Thank oliverwil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of particular interest to me were the plans of Chania (now Iraklion) during the C17th siege by the Ottomans, which was one of the longest sieges in history. other than that there are several nice pieces including an inscription on Hebrew, a beautiful example of...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

starting with an interactive room(hint: touch the button and look at the lighting behind you) that reviews a little history and how the town is laid out to the review of Greek culture and private donations, Why would a young woman wear a dagger in...More

Thank Jil S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Takes you through Crete's history from prehistoric times and the various occupations of Turkey and Venice.An excellent exhibition relating to the battle of Crete and the German occupation in World War II, with most boards in Greek and English and with some English recordings. 3...More

Thank Skidmark2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well organised ;get somebody to explain all these historical rooms from different centuries up and down instead of doing the round visit yourself ;or join an organised tour of the museum you will understand the greek /creatan history ;beautiful statues etc

Thank NHAD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My highlight was to see two paintings by El Greco, up close. The baptism on Jesus Christ was smaller than I had expected but beautiful. The rest of the museum was well laid out and had enough variety to hold my attention. The model of...More

Thank a e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a smaller museum which shows a few objects and painting from the more recent social and political history of Crete including World War two. It deploys different techniques including installations of offices donated to the museum and contains a painting by el Greco

Thank rabbitkeeper
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My father won the DSM in Crete in WW2 and I would like to go and see where he went after the battle at Souda Bay. I know he walked through the mountains to get to the other side but do not know the name of the village where evacuations took place and whether it is a good place to stay. I also know there is a museum we would want to go to which sets out the history of this battle. He was very brave and suffered a lot but did eventually recover to go on the North Atlantic run. Would staying at the Sensatori be a good idea. All ideas are welcome.
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
The hours are 9-1530 in the winter
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
I am very interested in Cretan textiles and your collection. I hope to visit your museum. Any English literature or articles on the subject?
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