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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  • This place is a bit off the beaten path but worth the effort if you want to get a good overview of Crete's history from pre-historic times through WWII. The exhibits are well laid out. The acoustic....  more
    This place is a bit off the beaten path but worth the effort if you want to get a good overview of Crete's history from pre-historic times through WWII. The exhibits are well laid out. The acoustic....  more »
  • This is my favourite museum in Crete. Though it is not a huge museum it is full of excellent displays and an amazing 3d model of the old city. If you wish to understand Cretan history it is very... 
    This is my favourite museum in Crete. Though it is not a huge museum it is full of excellent displays and an amazing 3d model of the old city. If you wish to understand Cretan history it is very...  more »
  • There are several floors containing artifacts from different historic periods. You can travel back and imagine how life was back then. You find out about WW2 and the fight in crete and how people... 
    There are several floors containing artifacts from different historic periods. You can travel back and imagine how life was back then. You find out about WW2 and the fight in crete and how people...  more »
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  • 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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