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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Ranked #1 of 33 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Come here, don't bother going to Knossos. This was brilliant. My wife and I are so sorry we didn't go here first. So much to see. So old, so well presented. Do this trip.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Very much focused on telling the story of Crete, right up until modern times. It seemed relatively impartial and didn't seem to have any political agenda.

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Paris
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Great museum , that must be visited to understand the history and the culture of Crete which is a mixture of several influences from the Minoan civilisation to the Ottomans do not miss the last floor if you are interested in getting acquainted to the traditional life in Crete with the style of their houses and costumes .However you need... More

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Heraklion Crete
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88 reviews 88 reviews
45 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Always, when my foreign friends are visiting, I'm providing a tour toward the museums. Worthy to visit. Something different, and in a very nice plaza to spend later on your time for a coffee or a snack or lunch.

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The modern history of Crete is perhaps not a high priority for pool and beach goers that make up most of the visitors to the island, but if you do care about the historical perspective - this museum is pretty great. Starting with Venetian rule and leading all the way to the Nazi (!) occupation, the well organised displays will... More

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purley surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As a numismatist, I particularly liked the impressive display of Cretan coinage through the ages. I also enjoyed looking at the furniture and equipment to be found in old Cretan houses.

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Piraeus, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

You will see many interesting topics and all will excite you! You must visit this Museum! You will know a lot more about Crete!

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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is El-Greco Year so the museum staged an exhibition around two original paintings by Dominikos Theotokopoulos, a.k.a. El Greco recently acquired by the Municipality of Heraclion. The show focuses on the Venetian and Roman magnates who supported Theotokopoulos in his early years, before he settled in Spain. It was all done in excellent taste with very informative captions. The... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Full of history without being cluttered or overwhelming. A tad crowded with tour groups but able to move through without feeling pressured.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This museum is not as spectacular as the archeological museum, but still very much worth the visit, if you have some time to spare. Museum is very well laid out, has a nice atmosphere and includes archeological remains and history of Crete from the 4th century AD up to and including the Second World War. The collections are ordered chronologically... More

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