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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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It was a fascinating experience. Really enjoyed our visit to the museum. Very informative, staff... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Navi Mumbai, India
Hidden gem of Crete

The museum is located near Heraklion town center. It's kind of hidden. In fact, we almost walked... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank gargi28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is only a 5 minute walk from Heraklion's 'main drag' but I found it quite poorly sign-posted. Entry is €5pp and includes a guide leaflet in your own language. The museum is deceptively large and is light & airy. It takes you on...More

Thank bunce85
Reviewed 18 June 2017

If you're into educating yourself whilst on holiday, this is a great place to do so. Its give a great overview of the history of the island through various exhibits that take you through major time periods. Great way to spend a few hours and...More

Thank Raina P
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

If you're a history buff or into Greek history, this should be a place you visit. I studied Anthropology, my boyfriend studied history, so this was right up our allies.

Thank Mac R
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We spent nearly 2 hours to see the museum. There are a lot of nice collection which help us understand more about history of this country 4000 year old of culture and life..

Thank oliverwil
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Of particular interest to me were the plans of Chania (now Iraklion) during the C17th siege by the Ottomans, which was one of the longest sieges in history. other than that there are several nice pieces including an inscription on Hebrew, a beautiful example of...More

1  Thank Rod F
Reviewed 28 May 2017

starting with an interactive room(hint: touch the button and look at the lighting behind you) that reviews a little history and how the town is laid out to the review of Greek culture and private donations, Why would a young woman wear a dagger in...More

Thank Jil S
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11 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
2 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