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Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

(4.6/5 based on 460+ 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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  • Though not easy to find, but still. Is a museum with lots of icons, tools, findings, ... in short, of everything. I would highly recommended boast and the visit. We certainly do not regret it
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  • Of the most beautiful museums I've visited! Frankly I didn't want to leave! Don't expect so much.. Has a magical simplicity ... It's a real journey in time! Also has two very beautiful places to enjoy your coffee! I look forward to again go because my not arrived two hours ... Thes definitely 3 to 4 hours to be filled ...
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  • A small museum on the seafront but with tons of information and exhibits. The occupation of Crete in WW2 was astonishing and a whole room is dedicated to telling personal stories! Over three thousand ...  more »
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  • I liked a lot the WW2 sector
  • Good service and well made exhibition.
  • quite happy to have visited this Museum before discovering the places of my choice, a significant time saver. rich representation of everything related to the island of crete. PS: formal prohibition photograph to be done I had to tweak it.
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  • One of the best museums of history of a city that I've known. Full and pleasant.
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  • the remains of the building were treated with utmost respect.
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