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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Museum full of history

A modern museum full of interesting artefacts and information about Crete. From early days through... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oxford, United Kingdom

We visited Heraklion for the day, my 11 year old daughter is mad for history. I was surprised when... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paul R
Rotherham, 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
+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A modern museum full of interesting artefacts and information about Crete. From early days through to the awful occupation during WWII and up to date. There is a wonderful collection of religious icons, worth a look if only for the artistry, along with a collection...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Heraklion for the day, my 11 year old daughter is mad for history. I was surprised when she asked to look around the museum, but I'm glad she did. Some of the artefacts that are on display from centuries ago is amazing. All...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are passioned about history, ancient cultures this is one of the best museum to visit while in Heraklion. You can find here a big variety of models, maps, artefacts and objects that speak about one of the oldest cultures in the world, and...More

Thank StefanSerban
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our 4 year old here and read out the information for her. She was so intrigued with everything. There was do much to see. We got there 40 minutes before closing so the lady at the desk allowed us to go in for...More

Thank P76btt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Along with the archeological museum, it beautifully unfolds the enormous history and culture of this small land. I found the WWII area particularly moving as it awakens memories of our very recent history.

Thank kalia820
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The section on the island's history includes an interesting series of maps showing the various powers that controlled the island at various times.The section on Heraclio includes the development of the city's defensive walls, with a model of the city in the 17th C that...More

1  Thank ESinSS
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It was a fascinating experience. Really enjoyed our visit to the museum. Very informative, staff was helpful too.

Thank gargi28
Reviewed 7 July 2017

The museum is located near Heraklion town center. It's kind of hidden. In fact, we almost walked past it. However, at 5 euros I have stepped into the past and learned everything about the history of Crete. Literally, I mean everything. From the history, to...More

1  Thank HopeLui
Reviewed 1 July 2017

After you visit here, then walk over to the castle. It relates closely to the maps and information you see at this museum. The museum also has temporary exhibits.

Thank c a
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Not as elaborate as the Archaeological museum but still an enjoyable viisit. There are several floors and one holds the Battle of Crete collection from WW2

Thank Lbp121
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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