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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Gem of a Museum

A small but very well curated and interesting museum that takes you through the history of Crete... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jen P
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
A fine museum...

I suspect most tourists think of this as 'the other' museum in Iraklion, but this little gem has... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christian C
Toronto, Canada
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A small but very well curated and interesting museum that takes you through the history of Crete from historical times up through the 20th century and WWII. There was just the right amount of information so you are never overwhelmed. A great little museum that...More

1  Thank Jen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I suspect most tourists think of this as 'the other' museum in Iraklion, but this little gem has beautiful icons, a fantastic exhibit on the city as Venetian Candia, as well as art and coats of arms and een a room dedicated to the island's...More

1  Thank Christian C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extremely interesting mueum which manages to pack a lot into a small place and it's really worth visiting for an overview of Cretan history. Particularly poignant is the story of Cretan suffering under the constant invasions and its assimilation of these invaders although the...More

Thank mumblesmeg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum in particular is very interesting and even more if you are into Greek history. Definitely worth checking out if you have a free afternoon or if it's too hot outside.

Thank Alana K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum presents a variety of historical topics: classical (of course), but also continues the timeline of Crete with displays about the Venetian Heraklion (great model), Byzantine influence and folk customs. Of particular interest was the exhibit on Crete during World War II, explaining the...More

Thank 46Elizabeth53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this Museum today and spent 2 hours going round. It contained everything including historical and cultural, from traditions to a thought provoking section on World War II. The staff were wonderful and helpful, access was good and toilet facilities spotless. Wheelchair access is...More

2  Thank evansdk
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

The World War 2 floor detailing the German invasion and occupation was particularly interesting. The museum is well laid out and arranged. The model of the ancient city on the ground floor is well done. Free for children 12 and under. It's good value.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This is worth to visit place, because you will get quite easily information about the history of Crete. The museum is planned well: in the first room are different eras of the history, later more detailed information. The challenge of the island has been to...More

Thank 32Morten
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

It was very info , i would like to see again when i get the chance it is worth to visit all the historical sites it will open your mnt

Thank Αφροδίτη Κ
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Very good museum. Very beautiful Greek National costumes and historical items. Large Knossos model, interesting coins. Very enjoyable!

Thank Muduke
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10 April 2017|
Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Dear EssexPam, Thank you for your email. Please contact Mr. Costas Mamalakis, our WWII, and Battle of Crete advisor, for information regarding your request. His personal email is i_s_l_d@yahoo.gr. We hope to see you at the... More
1 November 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Winter Opening Hours (November - March) Monday - Saturday 09.00-15.30 Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
17 September 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, the literature along with the valid scientific articles are in Greek language. However, we would recommend the purchase of the printed guide of the Museum of Rural Life, through the... More