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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John Sarris (2 years ago)
Excellent presentation at a pocket size museum. Don't forget to try the crêpes at the cafe!
Margiolakis Anastasios (2 years ago)
Great place to visit and learn. Every room has so many stories to tell you. Great sea views from the Cafe, one of the rare places to take your coffee with that view. A must museum to come back.
Dimitrios Androulakis (3 years ago)
The best museum on the island. And not only a museum. It contributes to the cultural heritage and social life of the city. A must visit.
Chrissie Burrell (3 years ago)
Wonderful. They had to throw me out at closing time. Covers lots of different aspects of Cretan history and way of life. I'm definitely returning.
Chih-Yun Chi (3 years ago)
Worth of visiting if you are interested in history of Crete. It has given me a clear view of the timeline. It is also not very pricy only 5 Euro.
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