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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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More interesting than I expected

A €5 entry to this museum was just about right for just over an hour it took to walk around. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tam C
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Interesting place to visit!

Would recommend anyone new to Crete visit this place. Very interesting history and exhibitions... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
RoseyH1991
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
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+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A €5 entry to this museum was just about right for just over an hour it took to walk around. I liked the way that it was laid out in chronological order and allowed you to appreciate how life and history has changed on Crete...More

Thank Tam C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend anyone new to Crete visit this place. Very interesting history and exhibitions. Would need a good couple of hours to do it properly. We didn’t pay for any tour just wandered around and looked ourselves and found it enjoyable!

Thank RoseyH1991
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Again, a really interesting place to visit to learn more about Cretans and their way of life, from ancient times to the current day. There is also a fascinating section on how they coped during WWII and a good exhibition on Nikolas Kanzantzakis

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

The history of Crete spans the millennia starting from Minoan prehistoric times to which the Archaeological Museum is devoted. But what happened in Crete later? This museum offers a panorama of Cretan history from circa 330 (early Byzantium) to the WWII Battle of Crete. It...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This was worth the 10min walk from the main bus station, along the sea front. 5 euro entrance fee, there are toilets near reception and free lockers to leave bags in. Staff were very friendly. Its well laid out over several floors with clean displays...More

Thank dalton1skiing
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

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

Thank Jen P
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

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

Thank Christian C
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 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
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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
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darylandbrianna
3 February 2018|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
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. Best regards From the HMC Secretariat
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EssexPam
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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
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Winter Opening Hours (November - March) Monday - Saturday 09.00-15.30 Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
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