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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Osula Lam (10 months ago)
I walked here on a Wednesday morning in early July 2022. This museum seemed smaller than it looked from the outside but I was surprised at the amount of exhibits. I would highly recommend the 4.50-euro audio guide. I give this museum a 5-star rating because it was the most substantial cultural site that's worth visiting if you're ever in Heraklion. I Iearned a lot about the island. If you're a student, they'll give you a student discount. There are about three floors of exhibits with a Cafe on the 2nd floor. The audio guide was very thorough and would have spent even more time there had I not been in a rush. Well worth a visit.
Chris Spragg (10 months ago)
Lots of information we'll presented. Lots of info in English. The gallery about Crete and World War 2 is particularly evocative and powerful.
Jovo Coric (11 months ago)
Excellent museum , 2-3 hours easy to visit on hot or windy day at Heraklion:)
James Cheung (11 months ago)
Small but good museum on history of crete. Wish they had a bit more history on the ancient periods but overall a good experience.
Zbynda (14 months ago)
Great expositions, treated very carefully. Pleasant staff; can everybody recommend to visit it.
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