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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Wonderful display of artifacts in excellent setting

Don't try to rush your visit to this excellent museum. We started mid-morning, went out to lunch... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
peregrineventures
All of Crete in one museum

An excellent introduction to the history of Crete from the end of the Romans to end of World War 2... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PhilofBeestom
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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 days ago

Don't try to rush your visit to this excellent museum. We started mid-morning, went out to lunch, and then returned to complete our visit.

1  Thank peregrineventures
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent introduction to the history of Crete from the end of the Romans to end of World War 2. Well labelled in Greek and English, spread over 4 floors. The section on World War 2 was particularly interesting, and there is a beautiful collection...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Entry was 5 euros which was just right for the hour or so it took to walk around. The museum has lots of very interesting exhibits, our favourite was the exhibit on the second world war. We were quite suprised how much was squeezed into...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had time for one museum and decided on this one rather than the archaeological museum as it covered more of the islands history. There is plenty to see and learn here, from ancient times to WWII and Crete's interesting political history. A bit...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 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 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

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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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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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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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