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Historical Museum of Crete

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Address: Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 281 028 3219
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan...

The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. It was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which had been established two years earlier. The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building, which was constructed in 1903 on the site of an earlier mansion belonging to the Kalokerinos family. The second building, designed by K. Tsandirakis, was clearly influenced by morphological features of the earlier one, and was later listed as a historical monument. The new museum extension to the west constituted an attempt to combine traditional and modern architecture. The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history. The process of enriching the collections, extending exhibition space and redefining the museum's aims has never ceased. Prolific research and publishing activity, the organisation of temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and the use of audiovisual media all form part of the modern educational role adopted by the Historical Museum of Crete over time. The same approach also includes the gradual re-organisation of the collections on display so as to appeal to a wider range of visitors, thus offering them the opportunity to understand the many facets of historical development on Crete from early Byzantine times to the present day.

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Amazing varied history of Crete

We had an hour to spare before flight and were recommended to visit this. Wow Crete has had some history over the years and been occupied by so many differnent nations. From early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had an hour to spare before flight and were recommended to visit this. Wow Crete has had some history over the years and been occupied by so many differnent nations. From early settlers to World War 2 and present day. An awful lot of information packed into not a huge museum in both English and greek.

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Alesund, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was not really impressed by the museum, although, it´s good compared to the rest of POI in Iraklion. It is quite small museum, unless you are really into history, it will take you a most 1 hour to see it all. They got 2 painting of El Greco there, the only 2 in Crete. Very small paintings, earlier work,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

At €5 is not expensive and having never been to Crete before it was worth a visit. The bit about the second world war and the Ottoman occupation was interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really interesting museum which is very well laid out and whose staff are very helpful. Well wirth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see if you have any interest in the history of Crete from Roman times forward! Way better than I imagined. Very modern and all exhibits in both Greek and English. What a gem!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent quite some time there as I wanted to understand the various Cretan historical periods, not just the Minoan period. You learn everything about the invasions by the Venetians, the Turks, the Italians and Germans in WWII, the "Cretan Question" and you find yourself admiring that great Cretan people that fought for their liberty with such stamina throughout the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A variety of exhibits on different floors made this a journey through time including recent history..A lot to see.I saw the el Greco paintings there two(2).Very fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I will be visiting the historical museum of Crete for the second time. To check all the details and read all descriptions take more than 2 hours. And it's worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This picks up from where the archaeological museum finishes (so you won't get to see really old stuff) and I genuinely thought it was fascinating. The recent history of Crete explains the people- years of suppression at the hand of the Venetians but mostly the Turks and the Germans in WW2- helps to explain why the Cretans are so fiercely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice informative, modern museum which shows the more recent history of Crete. I enjoyed the WW2 section the most. Entry cost €5.

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