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 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 Historical Museum of Crete and beyond, use our Heraklion visit planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
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  • Nice place if you want to indulge into Cretean history and past even while you are on holiday at a special place  more »
  • Good overview of the history of Crete after the Romans, detailing the many occupations, as well as the 1923 Lausanne treaty forcing all Muslims to leave, as well as taking in many Armenian refugees...  more »
  • The first room contains an excellent summary of the major stages in Cretan and Heraklion history, while the other rooms contain exhibits from these different periods. A great way to contextualize the....  more »
  • A very nice overview of the Cretan history of the last ~2000 years and a lot bigger than I thought. Definitely worth paying a visit.
  • So many things and so big history in a not so big museum. Nice place. But it was too hot in some places. And gloves.. i don't think it was necessary.
  • Very Beautiful museum with many Venetian relics ! Interesting ! Creta history but unfortunately my tour experience as a black guy was not good , I was each time at the same floor with other visitors in different rooms but I was the only one followed by guards IT WAS AMAZING! To make sure that I was not crazy I made a test I stayed at same floor as all the visitors but EACH TIME I WAS THE ONLY ONE FOLLOWED , may be I looked like a thief 🙃 ahhh... it was really embarrassing I left the museum ... it was oppressing I couldn’t even enjoy anymore because I knew that if I did something wrong or suspicious I would be dead 🙃
  • €5 adult entrance paid at door €3 for audio guide. Well worth a visit. Helps you understand the how cultures develop by visiting attractions like this. Very safe too. Gloves and hand sanitizer at door and numbers limited.
  • Wonderful museum that is well laid out and nicely lit. They also have an amazing collection of religious icons, probably the best pieces we have seen.

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