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Museum of Cretan Ethnology

Voroi Pirgiotissis | Vori, Heraklion, Crete 70200, Greece
30 28920 91112
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Ranked #25 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
Type: Museums
Most recent review
- Sep 28, 2014
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is small museum (as almost all in Heraklion), which represents daily life of Cretan family. On one side - it's quite boring. On the other - you can see how they were using some simple materials in interesting ways. As for me, I have gathered many matches between Cretan life and traditional Russian village.

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A fascinating museum, showing how tough it's been for the people of Crete. Well laid out, super artefacts.

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Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

What seemed an endless collection of baskets on one floor, but really interesting artifacts covering three floors. Much of it was barely antique, and all the more interesting because you could really imagine some of the things being used today. If you are in the area, it is well worth popping in. Also a great little cafenion in the nearby... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This is a quuirky but wonderful little museum. Every exhibit is labelled with loads of detail. The exhibits cover the culture of Crete with faming and agricultaral references and some historical pieces related to the German occupation during World War ll. Lots of baskets. I didn't know that there was such a variation in the making of baskets! It is... More

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Southern California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

A small museum in Vori, 2 kms from the archeological site of Phaistos. It presents the daily life of Crete organized by theme: agriculture, fishing, weaving, etc., in a lovely old house. It takes about 45 minutes to go through the museum. The museum has received awards for the quality of its exhibitions.

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Chania Town, Greece
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This little museum, in Vori - a pretty, traditinal village near Gourtys & Faistos - really 'punches above its' weight'. it's full of traditional day-to-day objects such as baskets, farming implements, fabrics etc which depict everyday life in Crete over the last couple of hundred years. AND, unusually, it's very well displayed & perfectly titled, with clear descriptions in Greek... More

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

This museum is a little of the beaten trail but we liked thtt it was in a small village. After an interesting tour in the very ifomative museum with loads of artifacts and infornation, we sat in the square outside and could really imagine the life before in crete. Great place to take a break if you are touring the... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

this was fascinating and you should see it first then the Palace of Knossos

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Weesp, The Netherlands
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23 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

A place overlooked by many tourist and tour operators is the Ethnological Museum of Vori in the Mesara, just 2 Km. from Faistos Archeaological Site. The awarded museum has a fine collection of hundreds of atributes, tools, herbs, cooking stuff etc. on show in modern vitrines with discriptions. If you are on the search of Cretan social life and work,... More

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San Francisco, California
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

This small outstanding museum is off the beaten track and likely to be missed by busloads of tourists. It is worthy of a visit. Well-marked and labeled in English and in Greek, the collected items give a comprehensive picture of traditional life in Crete, focusing on all aspects of life there: food harvesting and preparation, local herbs, agricultural tools, weaving,... More

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