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Historical Museum of Crete

Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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This is a smaller museum which shows a few objects and painting from the more recent social and... read more

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Epic Story of the History of Crete 19th-20th Century!

Wow I really enjoyed visiting this museum...I am so glad I went here on my last day in Crete. This... read more

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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sofokli Venizelou 27, Heraklion, Crete 71202, Greece
+30 281 028 3219
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a smaller museum which shows a few objects and painting from the more recent social and political history of Crete including World War two. It deploys different techniques including installations of offices donated to the museum and contains a painting by el Greco

1  Thank rabbitkeeper
Reviewed yesterday

Wow I really enjoyed visiting this museum...I am so glad I went here on my last day in Crete. This is must do if you are into history. The museum is laid out very well, with clear markings on how to move from one room...More

1  Thank AnimaGR
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had a nice audio guide (paid) but was good .Visiting this museum is a good way of knowing about the history of this wonderful island.It documents the history from very old times and I learnt a lot here

Thank Yaggyman
Reviewed 1 week ago

By the harbour with free street parking, this was excellent value, and a way of finding out what happened post-Minoan civilsation. There is a chronological account plus some interesting galleries on specific topics. Nice cafe, adequate loos.

Thank KarenKew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The historical museum of Crete is located in downtown Heraklion in a 17th Century building just across the street from the ocean. It is walking distance from the Venetian Fort. It is small, but fabulous. It covers the Minoans, Ottomans, the Venetians, WWII, and there...More

Thank Annette M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entry price was only €5 so I decided to give it a shot. It was like a standard European museum. If you want to learn more about the history of Crete it worth the visit, if you are not that bothered just go to...More

Thank gcolombo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth going to more than once as it has an excellent display of objects from 1AD to the present day with particular emphasis on WWII, Nikos Katzanzakis, and a superb collection of icons.

1  Thank 789rufusr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I spent two hours at the Historical Museum of Crete getting a crash course in the complex cultural and political history of the island after roughly 1000 AD. The collection covers the successive foreign regimes that dominated the island until its unification...More

1  Thank hephaistos2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is compact but is a wonderful orientation to the history of Crete, including culture and archaeological finds. I find museums tiring after 45 minutes or so and this one has a great courtyard on the second floor where one can sit and recharge...More

Thank RAKlein
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a visit. The building itself is fascinating and the displays are amazing in their quantity and quality.

Thank Keith_and_Sandy_Jone
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My father won the DSM in Crete in WW2 and I would like to go and see where he went after the battle at Souda Bay. I know he walked through the mountains to get to the other side but do not know the name of the village where evacuations took place and whether it is a good place to stay. I also know there is a museum we would want to go to which sets out the history of this battle. He was very brave and suffered a lot but did eventually recover to go on the North Atlantic run. Would staying at the Sensatori be a good idea. All ideas are welcome.
10 April 2017|
Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Dear EssexPam, Thank you for your email. Please contact Mr. Costas Mamalakis, our WWII, and Battle of Crete advisor, for information regarding your request. His personal email is i_s_l_d@yahoo.gr. We hope to see you at the... More
The hours are 9-1530 in the winter
1 November 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Winter Opening Hours (November - March) Monday - Saturday 09.00-15.30 Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
I am very interested in Cretan textiles and your collection. I hope to visit your museum. Any English literature or articles on the subject?
17 September 2016|
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Response from EKIM_IMK | Property representative |
Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, the literature along with the valid scientific articles are in Greek language. However, we would recommend the purchase of the printed guide of the Museum of Rural Life, through the... More