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Historical Museum of Crete

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Address: Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
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+30 281 028 3219
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan...

The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. It was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which had been established two years earlier. The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building, which was constructed in 1903 on the site of an earlier mansion belonging to the Kalokerinos family. The second building, designed by K. Tsandirakis, was clearly influenced by morphological features of the earlier one, and was later listed as a historical monument. The new museum extension to the west constituted an attempt to combine traditional and modern architecture. The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history. The process of enriching the collections, extending exhibition space and redefining the museum's aims has never ceased. Prolific research and publishing activity, the organisation of temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and the use of audiovisual media all form part of the modern educational role adopted by the Historical Museum of Crete over time. The same approach also includes the gradual re-organisation of the collections on display so as to appeal to a wider range of visitors, thus offering them the opportunity to understand the many facets of historical development on Crete from early Byzantine times to the present day.

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It had a nice audio guide (paid) but was good .Visiting this museum is a good way of knowing about the history of this wonderful island.It documents the history from very old... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It had a nice audio guide (paid) but was good .Visiting this museum is a good way of knowing about the history of this wonderful island.It documents the history from very old times and I learnt a lot here

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

By the harbour with free street parking, this was excellent value, and a way of finding out what happened post-Minoan civilsation. There is a chronological account plus some interesting galleries on specific topics. Nice cafe, adequate loos.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The historical museum of Crete is located in downtown Heraklion in a 17th Century building just across the street from the ocean. It is walking distance from the Venetian Fort. It is small, but fabulous. It covers the Minoans, Ottomans, the Venetians, WWII, and there is a special exhibit dealing with Crete folk culture. An audio guide can be obtained... More 

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The entry price was only €5 so I decided to give it a shot. It was like a standard European museum. If you want to learn more about the history of Crete it worth the visit, if you are not that bothered just go to the archaeological museum.

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Can Tho, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth going to more than once as it has an excellent display of objects from 1AD to the present day with particular emphasis on WWII, Nikos Katzanzakis, and a superb collection of icons.

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My wife and I spent two hours at the Historical Museum of Crete getting a crash course in the complex cultural and political history of the island after roughly 1000 AD. The collection covers the successive foreign regimes that dominated the island until its unification with Greece in 1913. At one time or other, Crete was ruled by Byzantine, Venetian,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is compact but is a wonderful orientation to the history of Crete, including culture and archaeological finds. I find museums tiring after 45 minutes or so and this one has a great courtyard on the second floor where one can sit and recharge in fresh air (and a bottle of water for .40 Euros or some other beverage).... More 

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Mitcheldean UK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a visit. The building itself is fascinating and the displays are amazing in their quantity and quality.

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting history museum of Crete. From ancient times through to WW2. Good narrative on each display also audio can be purchased.Worth a visit

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here back in October 2016 and it was a cloudy day when we visited Heraklion. We intended to go for the Archaeological Museum; when it started raining and so we opted for the Historical Museum which was nearby. Being very fond of history I know a little about Crete in the antiquity but I hadn't a clue what... More 

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