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Historical Museum of Crete

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Address: Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
Phone Number: +30 281 028 3219
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Description: The Historical Museum of Crete is a multi-faceted museum narrating...
The Historical Museum of Crete is a multi-faceted museum narrating seventeen centuries of history on the island, from Early Christian times to the modern era.
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Goodness. Where to begin. This place is such a veritable feast that it requires more than one visit, From the plethora of sculptures to the quaint exhibits from Cretan villages... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Edinburgh
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Goodness. Where to begin. This place is such a veritable feast that it requires more than one visit, From the plethora of sculptures to the quaint exhibits from Cretan villages, the museum delights the eyes. My absolute favourites were the pieces of Byzantine art, some of which compelled me to simply stand and gaze for several minutes (I'm thinking I... More 

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Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Liked the El Grecos, the exhibition about Kazanztakis (author of Zorba the Greek), and the stories fromn WW2. Not a single mention of the Greek Colonels and their reign of terror though.

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Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Minoan world was a fascinating period of history, which is documented by many artefacts, sculptures, mosaics and also very nice juwelery. I recomend to visit this museum after visitig the Knossos Palace.

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The antedote to all the Cretan 'tourist' history that concentrates on Minoan Crete to the exclusion of all the rest. Gives a great insight into the complex history of Crete, one not to be missed. Well worth the entrance fee.

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Europe
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It is an excellent idea to have a detailed museum of non-minoan history of Crete, and this museum has great collection of artifacts, however it fails to present them properly. The main problem is that the audioguide is extremely basic, and is very close to just reading the label for the item. This is instead of telling sequential and interesting... More 

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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

From the knossos palace to the museum passing by all the sight seeing hot spots you will have a nice time and do not forget to taste the most famous local sweet the (boughatza) you will like it...

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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This lovely, little museum offers 2 El Grecos (native Cretan), history of Crete, library and films of author, Nikos Kazantzakis (Zorba the Greek, Last Tempation of Christ, among many others), art of Crete and a very interesting history of Crete in each of the World Wars--the WWII history is especially interesting. Has a nice cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We love history museums and had high hopes for this one, which is a private collection. Some of the displays were interesting (e.g. WWI period) but the museum was scattered over several different floors and rooms and we believe the price was high for the content displayed. We did get free wifi so that was a benefit.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This museum has history going back a 1,000 years. Laid out over 4 floors, it starts with the first recorded history of the Island and continues up until World War 2. It was well laid out with all of the information in English. This museum does not appear to have a large number of visitors and on the day we... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This museum is operated by a private foundation and is better managed than state funded institutions. Well presented and informative displays and a couple of early El Grecos.

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Address: Address: Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
Phone Number: +30 281 028 3219
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Heraklion
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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