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Historical Museum of Crete

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Address: Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
Name/address in local language
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+30 281 028 3219
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan...

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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A Wonderful Glimpse of Cretan History

The Historic Museum of Crete is perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Heraklion. It is located near the Cathedral of Saint Peter and offers a beautiful view of the Cretan... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Historic Museum of Crete is perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Heraklion. It is located near the Cathedral of Saint Peter and offers a beautiful view of the Cretan sea. In front of each visitor's eyes lie relics signifying the various periods of the Cretan history, giving the opportunity to obtain knowledge from a wide historic spectrum.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

World class small museum with an engaging staff. Allocate more time than you originally planned because it gets better & better as you move through the exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a rather small museum, nevertheless it hosts some gems like the sacrifices by both Greek and Jewish population of the island during the 2WW Labels are in English too and there's appropriate music in each hall. Their cafe is small and friendly. There interesting items for sale. I bought a memory game with historical facts for E 5.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I was really impressed by this small in size museum. Located in an old mansion near the sea, the Historical Museum provides a good insight to Cretan culture and civilization after the Minoan era. Two early El Greco paintings are displayed there, the only ones in Crete. The WW2 section depicts the determination of the local people to fight for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We learnt a lot about Crete and we could have spent longer than the 2 hours. It has a nice cafe and you can sit outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Very interesting place where the visitor can travel in historical past in this place and feel the advancement of this local civilization

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were happy that we had enough time to see one more museum. Though this museum can not match the Archealogical Museum, it gives insight to the Creten Society evolution and its culture. It is really a shame that there were only a couple of paintings of the famous master El Greco whose birthplace is Heraklion

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This museum has well displayed exhibits from all periods of Creten life, up to the 2nd world war. Also a good exhibition of icons

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Well worth a visit. A good display and information about what happened on this island during the 2nd World War. I particularly enjoyed the area which showed the layout of homes prior to 1960 with an explanation as to how they were built and how they have been expanded. A good display of national dress.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

On the othrt side of town in front of hotel Xenia is this museum, there are byzantin conglomeration of Venetian and turkish periods, and christian periods; a reproduction of an cretian farmerhouse; also a room of the cretian author Nikos Kazantzakis.

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