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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 2810 288708
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Ranked #1 of 32 attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Historical Museum of Crete is a multi-faceted museum narrating seventeen centuries of history on the island, from Early Christian times to the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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  • Danish first
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pisa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Modern Crete (post-renaissance) with an emphasis on El Greco and Kazantzakis. A very well presented collection with section on folk traditions and WW2.

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Dayton, OH
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34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I went here with a tour group after visiting Knossos. It was great to see the artifacts found there and learning more about Minoans. I really enjoyed the frescos, jewelry, and tombs. I am told the museum is recently renovated and it is really beautiful. It is also very English friendly, as is most of Crete.

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Bournemouth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great museum with fascinating and well thought out displays. It makes a great first stop when you visit Heraklion as there is a lot of information about the local architecture and structures which you can see when you’re walking around the town. It doesn’t look very big from the outside but don't let that put you off. I would recommend... More

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London
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175 reviews 175 reviews
83 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If travelling to Heraklion in the heat you need to plan your visits to museums carefully, so I suggest to start from west going east and start first with the Natural History Museum then the Historical museum of Crete located some 5min walk from the first one and having the Venicians fortifications right in front of it. This museum is... More

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
139 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Just full of interesting objects and works of ancient art and history. A must see. We were fortunate to visit on National Environment day and thus the usual 6 Euros entrance fee was waived. It puts into perspective what wonderful art there was at Knossos and elsewhere on the island.

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Melbourne, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had travelled through Turkey and Greece, looking at all sorts of ruins and museums, but this museum was probably the best of them all! If you have the time (maybe 2 hours?), then absolutely go and visit.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The museum is a quick and thorough introduction with photos, icons, jewelry, weavings, models and videos of the history of this much fought over island. For new visitors to Iraklio there is a large table top model of how the city looked a hundred years or so ago that is perfect for purposes of orientation.

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Moscow, Russia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
61 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Medium-sized museum over 3 floors, but packed with information, so that I ended up spending 3 hours here. There are ancient artifacts, mosaics, clothing, jewellary, paintings, coins... Well labelled in English. Don't miss the section on WW2, but don't watch the videos if you are sensitive. They not only show dead bodies, but also actual killings. Interesting to hear England's... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you want to find out the unique historical and cultural richness of the island, this is the perfect place to start and travel from the most ancient times to modern history. The artifacts are very well preserved, some of them also being a real joy for the eyes, such as the jewellery or the traditional handicraft. I was happy... More

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Salzburg, Austria
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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Wow, that´s all. There is just so much to see on original exhibits. Idealy a guide would make this a real experiance as there are many storeys behind each item and some very important exhibits could be missed.

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