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  • Beautiful Museum with interesting historical content and which complements the visit to the archaeological museum.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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  • Museum in lovely grand building near the port. Informative about Crete's history including the German occupation. Two very small El Grecos.
  • Good for insight into a very historic region. The icon collection on current display compares with world best.
  • Very important artifacts, nicely exhibited. Don't miss it! Lovely for kids, too.
  • I'll start by saying that the museum itself is well worth a visit if you're interested in the history of Crete in general. It has some very strong artefacts and is laid out in a very intuitive and modern manner. Staff are friendly and it's easy to access. HOWEVER; it is definitely not as good as it could be hence my lower rating. - Artefacts, while interesting and well appointed, seem a little thin on the ground...in places, modern statuette artwork takes up a large amount of room. Some may like this of course, but personally do not as it breaks the immersion of the experience as a whole, especially in the quantity seen here. I know this may be unavoidable though due to lack of funds or material. - Information boards and models are very strong and make clear the history of Crete, especially Heraklion; the layout and map serve their purpose well. - The building itself is gorgeous and lovingly maintained (a large 18th Century town house, I believe, though there was nothing about it inside, sadly) and worth a visit for itself. - I can appreciate the use of modern artwork in a museum, even in this case where it gets its own room. But artwork which features the portrayal of ancient Minoan kings as tyrants and the way of life as borderline barbaric? Sorry, but no. - Don't visit if you're interested in ancient history and less so Medieval onwards; this is not the place for that. I don't count this as a negative point at all, but it is definitely to be considered prior to visiting. Overall, a good experience which I personally found exceeded the Archaeology museum in some respects and strongly recommend to anyone interested in history. It's definitely nothing special though, which is a shame as the groundwork is definitely here for something which could easily rival the Archaeology Museum in terms of tourist potential.
  • I loved this museum .It had some amazing artefacts from coins 350bc to photos & guns from the second world war.From the building outside I never imagined how much there would be inside.
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