Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

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Gain an understanding of Cretan history through exhibits spanning from the Byzantine era to World War II at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Founded in 1953 in a neoclassical building formerly known as the House of Kalokerinos, the museum showcases the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, featuring the study and library from the author's home in Antibes, France, manuscripts of his works, and first editions of his books in various languages. Two of the finest exhibits are the only paintings by El Greco in Crete: The Baptism of Christ (1567) and View of Mt. Sinai and the monastery of St. Catherine 1570). Ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewelry, and a wide range of heirlooms highlight the everyday life on Crete during various historical periods. Rent an audio guide for more information about each exhibit and take a break with a sea view at the cafe deck. For Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete and beyond, use our Heraklion visit planner to get the most from your Heraklion vacation.
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  • Although I had very little time on my hands, because I had not noticed the Museum's hours and nobody informed me when I paid the ticket, I managed even communicated to see most exhibits. It has a rich collection of various periods of Crete. Certainly needs 2 hours to see all the exhibits and should definitely visit someone who wants to see the history of Crete.
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  • You get a nicely arranged presentation of the history of Crete, which differs from the rest of Greece. All texts are also in English.  more »
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  • Great place to visit and learn. Every room has so many stories to tell you. Great sea views from the Cafe, one of the rare places to take your coffee with that view. A must museum to come back.
  • Excellent presentation at a pocket size museum. Don't forget to try the crêpes at the cafe!
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