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Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

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Gain an understanding of Cretan history through exhibits spanning 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 Kalokairinos, the museum showcases the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, featuring the study and library from the author's home, personal effects, manuscripts of his works, and first editions of his books in various languages. Other exhibits highlight the works of renowned Cretan artist, El Greco, and the traditional crafts of the island, including examples of ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewelry, wall paintings, and heirlooms. Rent an audio guide for more information about each exhibit and take a break with a sea view at the balcony cafe. Add Historical Museum of Crete and other attractions to your Heraklion trip itinerary using our Heraklion itinerary planner.
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  • The Historic Museum of Crete is perhaps one of the most interesting sights of Heraklion. It is located near the Cathedral of Saint Peter and offers a beautiful view of the Cretan sea. In front of each...  more »
  • Good location, well served. Visiting the site of Knossos entitles you here a free tour of this museum. Impressive collection of pottery, figurines, statues... Beautiful...
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  • המוזיאון מציג את ההיסטוריה העקובה מדם של כרתים בתקופה שמאז הכיבוש הוניציאני. האוספים מוצגים לאורך שלוש הקומות של המוזיאון לפי תקופות ולפי נושאים: אוסף ימי הביניים והרנסאנס, הכולל פסלים, ציורי קיר, בגד...  more »
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  • I had a great time there!! The staff is always around, ready to help, explain or give information.
  • It is small but interesting museum where you can find information about Crete's species and dinosaurs.
  • Had an Excellent experience here. Lots of good information and the earthquake simulator is very fun. Glad I went
  • A small, but perfectly formed Museum, with very interesting exhibits. Recommended to all.
  • Unexpected museum in Heraklion. Great for kids.