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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  • The history of Crete is so varied and influenced by so many other cultures it is amazing they could display it so succinctly in one building. Well worth a morning (or afternoon) of your time - it...  more »
  • Many excellent items of historical interest, some of which must be almost priceless. Well laid out on 4 levels, each level presenting a period of Cretian history. There is a modern lift for those...  more »
  • Great to see early El Greco paintings. Pity the rest of the displays aren't up to a high standard, But got us out of high winds for an hour.  more »
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  • Surprisingly good. I thought it was just going to be lots of things to look at but the context and detail surrounding the objects was very good. They tell you the full history of Crete over 3 floors from the Byzantine period to present day. A visit is definitely recommended.
  • a really cozy museum. Small yet interesting. A must visit in the middle of a hot day. The back yard cafe on the 2nd floor is just fantastic - do drop by for a coffee or a cold drink.
  • A fantastic museum that really educated me on Crete's history. The museum seems to start with the Roman occupation in first century AD and moves up from there. They even have a small portion of Muslim artifacts amid the majority of Christian artifacts. I read nearly each sign and it took me 2 hours to visit the museum fully. This museum is a must visit if you're at all interested in Crete; why it's different from mainland Greece, why Heraklion is such a big city, famous Cretans, etc. My favorite fact was about how multicultural Crete has been since the beginning!
  • The most interesting museum I've ever been to. Presents all of Crete's history until today. The coin collection is fantastic, and it is just amazing. One of the most important sights in town !!! ❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍
  • Nice little Museum but worth visit. Very informative and lot to see.

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