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“Covers everything”

Historical Museum of Crete
Ranked #2 of 84 things to do in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Really enjoyed this museum and its coverage of Crete's rich history and of the local items on display. I particularly liked the section of Crete's favourite son, Nikos Kazantzakis, recreating his study and displaying some of his works, including art. The WWII section also should not be missed. You will appreciate learning about the sacrifices of the Cretan people during the occupation. During my visit the museum was not crowded and is serves as a nice place to relax. Outside in a courtyard were some Ottoman tomb stones and tables to sit and enjoy some refreshments from the small museum cafe. On the opposite side they had a patio facing the water with a nice view.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I really liked this museum. The first floor is a bit dry, but there is a whole section about Crete's involvement in WW2 which is really interesting (I"m not a history buff). The top floor has a nice section about Cretan life. It only took about one hour.

Thank brandasa
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Excellent museum that covers all the history of Cretes , not to be missed .Cretes has a history with the Roman Empire , The Ottoman Empire and an active role during the world war II, in addition to contributions by writers,movie Directors and thinkers.
The collection of Photos , info and short movies is very informative .

Thank Farfello
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This museum was excellent. It wasn't very crowded so i am not sure many know about this museum. It has wonderful exhibits and all the history of Crete. Not to be confused with the archeological museum, this Historical Museum deals with the most recent history of Crete. Don't miss it!

1  Thank Never Too Old to Travel
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I asked a Police about the direction and he directed me towards the Natural museum. But I found my way.
They show the history from the 2:nd until the 20:th century and including a special room about the 2:nd world war and about how Crete become to be an part of Greece. They also have some periodically exhibitions. If I should point out anything negative, a lot of information on their website is not translated from Greek.

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