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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  • The museum contains many, but often redundant exhibits (many icons, coins, etc.). A real highlight is not really there, some epochs (eg World War I, 20s) are almost completely ignored.
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  • The museum gives a good overview of the history of Crete. From the Minoan time to the present day. Attention is paid to contemporary art and icons. There is also a nice cafe overlooking the sea or quietly in the garden. We enjoyed a fresh frappé here.
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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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