Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

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Gain an understanding of Cretan history through exhibits spanning from the Byzantine era to World War II at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Founded in 1953 in a neoclassical building formerly known as the House of Kalokerinos, the museum showcases the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, featuring the study and library from the author's home in Antibes, France, manuscripts of his works, and first editions of his books in various languages. Two of the finest exhibits are the only paintings by El Greco in Crete: The Baptism of Christ (1567) and View of Mt. Sinai and the monastery of St. Catherine 1570). Ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewelry, and a wide range of heirlooms highlight the everyday life on Crete during various historical periods. Rent an audio guide for more information about each exhibit and take a break with a sea view at the cafe deck. For Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and beyond, use our Heraklion visit planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
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  • Again, a really interesting place to visit to learn more about Cretans and their way of life, from ancient times to the current day. There is also a fascinating section on how they coped during WWII a...  more »
  • Beautiful Museum with interesting historical content and which complements the visit to the archaeological museum. There are rooms on 3 or 4 levels and you could easily spend two hours if you take the time to read everything. Is located near the Museum of natural history, facing the sea.
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  • Altogether we have got here by accident)) but has never regretted it. At the entrance to the halls and guides took one to three audio guides. Making sure that nobody bother listening about the exhibits. In summary form in this museum shows the development of culture on Crete. The influence of the ruling cultures have left their indelible imprints. Love of miniature here blossomed violent color-you can watch the city layout within the castle walls, as well as the now-destroyed docks. There is a hall dedicated to the second world war, and even great, insanely interesting halls with coins, ceramics and with exhibits. And when in the souvenir shops you see weird pie you already know that it is the traditional pie for those or other events. And leaving the Museum, you can relax in the shade on a stone bench near a small fountain.
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  • Established in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, the History Museum of Crete has a significant contribution in the preservation and promotion of Crete's cultural heritage from the early byzantine years until modern times. In a neoclassical building of 1903, bequeathed by the A. & M. Kalokairinos Foundation, one can enjoy numerous collections assisted by media applications. A unique experience for byzantine art lovers and for those interested in the 2nd World War events and the local tradition.
  • A unique collection of artifacts and items from throughout Crete’s modern history displayed in an inventive and outstanding way. One of the best museums in Greece or anywhere for that matter. Highly recommended and rated by locals expats and tourists
  • Surprisingly informative and laid out. I'd never cared about icons before but the display - and guards - here made a compelling case for learning at last. Crete's tragic state in WWII is another emotive display. This place is not for museum junkies only.
  • Must see for people who love history. I forgot to ask for audio guide which in €3 on top of usual entry fee of 5 Euro.
  • Historical Museum.. of Crete .....a short walk away is the Natural History Museum....both wonderful
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