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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  • I had to go to the beach with my family, but the wind was too strong and we had to change the program. Having already seen the Archeological Museum, I decided to visit the historical one. I was very happy. Beautiful model of the city of Heraklion. Beside there were panels that using a button evidenziavao around the old city. Done well the description of various historical periods. I loved that the Venetian period and the part concerning the Greek independence with arms and descriptions. Then there is a section on the war with objects of the soldiers very interesting also for teenagers to learn about Greek history. Only the section of folklore with clothes, fabrics and glimpses of everyday life ...
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  • This is a great historic Museum, no archaeological, of Crete from the Venetian period until almost the days us. that entrance is very caring and Nice is to purchased food and read from the reception the book of the history of Crete, that does €20.
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  • 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 icon...  more »
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  • 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.
  • From the Roman Crete and the protochristian period to the Muslim occupation, Kazantzakis and the eventual liberation of Crete. Very well presented and cheap (5€), it is an essential part of a museum tour. The interactive map of Chandax is a nice touch.
  • A must visit museum in the city of Heraklion .. Three floors of the city's and of the overall island if Crete's history in a great exhibition .. Don't neglect to visit it !!
  • Great museum for all those history buffs who wish to learn more about the island of Crete and its history. A lot of information about the many empires that ruled Crete (Byzantium, Venetian and Turkish). Highly enjoyable.
  • Great museum. Remember, this museum is more about medieval to modern times. Don't expect antiquities.

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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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