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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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  • I was really impressed by this small in size museum. Located in an old mansion near the sea, the Historical Museum provides a good insight to Cretan culture and civilization after the Minoan era. Two ...  more »
  • You need to visit! Necessarily! Best at the start of a visit to Crete! This gives a picture of the whole history of the island and helps to understand the context for further exploring!
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  • Not far from the city centre, next to the sea, the historical Museum hides treasures. Here lies the unique table of theotokopoulos in Heraklion, property of municipality of Heraklion. Often organizes and exceptional artistic events.
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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.