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Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion
(4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This museum has well displayed exhibits from all periods of Creten life, up to the 2nd world war. Also a good exhibition of icons 
  • Well worth a visit. A good display and information about what happened on this island during the 2nd World War. I particularly enjoyed the area which showed the layout of homes prior to 1960 with an e...  more »
  • Museum to see once. lack of translation in french except his is a very beautiful place of history
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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.