Historical Museum of Crete

Heraklion, Greece

The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 and is housed in a neoclassical building of significant architectural merit. The museum’s permanent collections highlight the art and history of Crete from the 4th century AD to modern times. The collections are ordered chronologically and by subject matter, and are combined with visual material and multimedia. They include ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewellery, wall paintings, portable icons, ritual objects, manuscripts, heirlooms, weavings, the reconstructed interior of a Cretan rural home and much more.

The museum’s finest exhibits are two paintings by Doménikos Theotokópoulos, born in Crete: The Baptism of Christ (1567) and View of Mount Sinai (1570–2), the only works by the artist now on Crete. Another outstanding exhibit is a 4×4 metre mock-up of mid-17th century Chandax (Heraklion), at the time when the city reached its peak under Venetian rule. Of particular interest is the Nikos Kazantzakis Collection, featuring the study and library from the author’s home in Antibes, France, personal effects, manuscripts of his works, first editions of books in various languages, etc.



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Founded: 1953
Category: Museums in Greece

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Erin Avila Avila Guerra (12 months ago)
This is a wonderful museum. If your not a museum kind, but can handle being museum like for a couple of hours ...it's worth the visit. It's truly a great experience to do early as you can appreciate other small details as you travel.
Klaudia Krupa (2 years ago)
Great place to know more about the newest history of Crete like Merkury operation during WW2
Ronald ESSOMBA (2 years ago)
Very Beautiful museum with many Venetian relics ! Interesting ! Creta history but unfortunately my tour experience as a black guy was not good , I was each time at the same floor with other visitors in different rooms but I was the only one followed by guards IT WAS AMAZING! To make sure that I was not crazy I made a test I stayed at same floor as all the visitors but EACH TIME I WAS THE ONLY ONE FOLLOWED , may be I looked like a thief ? ahhh... it was really embarrassing I left the museum ... it was oppressing I couldn’t even enjoy anymore because I knew that if I did something wrong or suspicious I would be dead ?
Chuma Nwafor (2 years ago)
Nice museum with different historical era on different levels. From the banzantine, venetian, othman to modern history of independence, 2nd world War and modern Greek art. One hour if rushing through but ideally 2 hours will be much better. Clean, well arranged and my highlight was the model of the old city. Where focus lights pinpoint where the pictures or artefacts were taken for. A worthwhile addition to your visit to Heraklios
If you are in Herakleion you could spend an hour in this museum. It covers the whole history of Crete generally . It has also a beautiful , shady garden cafe .
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