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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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  • Magical place , full of positive energy ,in heart on city ,very good exhibits, possibility of audio information in different languages 
    Magical place , full of positive energy ,in heart on city ,very good exhibits, possibility of audio information in different languages  more »
  • I walked here on a Wednesday morning in early July 2022. This museum seemed smaller than it looked from the outside but I was surprised at the amount of exhibits. I would highly recommend the... 
    I walked here on a Wednesday morning in early July 2022. This museum seemed smaller than it looked from the outside but I was surprised at the amount of exhibits. I would highly recommend the...  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 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 »
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  • This is the 2nd museum of Iraklio after the world class Archaeology Museum. It covers Byzantine, Venetian, Arabic and later periods. There are 3 floors of interesting art & historical object. Even a room just dedicated to coins. It’s well worth a visit if you have any interest in the history of Crete. I would say then it is a must see.
  • A must see museum which showcases the modern history of Crete from Byzantine years to WWII. There is also an excellent folklore section which dives deep into the Cretan culture and heritage with exhibits from all aspects of Cretan tradition. Expect to spend approximately 1 hour here. Entrance fee was 7.5Eur at the time of our visit.
  • A great way to learn about the island before touring: Several floors of very well-categorized artifacts encompassing early mappable Crete, the fortressing and occupation to post-WWII era and Cretans' traditional lifestyle. Private collections of frescoes and Byzantine architectural capitals are cherries on top. Bravo!!
  • It was good. Go there before sightseeing in Iraklion to see what is worth seeing and basics of the history of Crete. For me it wasn't really interactive and I quickly lost interest. The history is really well presented though. In the first room English letters are dark gray on a black background, not well readable
  • A lovely, modern museum detailing the rich history of Crete! Big enough to be interesting, small enough to be seen in a few hours. Very friendly service and a nice café, highly recommended.

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