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Historical Museum of Heraklion

The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 in Heraklion by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (SCHS) and houses valuable exhibits of the history of the island from the early Christian to modern times.

The Historical Museum with its unique collections gives the visitor a comprehensive trip, through time, in the region of Crete.

The visit to this historic site is appropriate for all ages and it is truly worthy to learn the manners and the customs of this beautiful place.

The building of the Museum is a two-storey neoclassical building of 1903, which was built in place of one older of Kalokerino's family by a project of Mr. K. Tsantirakis.
It declared as a historical monument.


Historical Museum of Crete 
S Venizelou 27 & L. Kalokairinou 7 
71202 Heraklion, Crete
Tel.: (+30) 2810.283.219, 2810.288.708

Fax:  (+30) 2810.283.754

Opening Hours: 
Winter (November - March)
Monday - Saturday: 09.00-15.30
Sunday & national holidays: close

Summer (April - October)
Monday - Saturday 09.00-17.00
Sunday & national holidays: close

The visit
The visit starts from the Andrew C. Kalokerino's hall with an overview of Cretan history and representative artifacts from the collections and the time periods.

In the next room (2) are the Collections of Ceramics and Sculptures in a chronological order from the first Byzantine period to Ottoman and Venetian periods.

The Numismatic Collection follows with the presentation of all phases of the Cretan economical history from the early Christian period to the 20th century.
As for the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection, you can see the progress of the painting and you can find out the coexistence of the local Orthodox population together with the Venetians and Ottoman rulers.
The apex of these exhibits are the superb paintings by El Greco (El Greco), The Baptism of Christ (1567) and the View of Mount Sina and the Monastery of Sina (1570), which are the only works, of this acclaimed and globally renowned Greek artist, exhibited in Crete.

In the next rooms the modern and contemporary history of Crete is revived, which is divided into four stages. First is that of the Ottoman domination, second that of the period of revolutionary upheaval in the 19th century which resulted in the Union of Crete with Greece, third is that of the inter-war period and ends with that of the World War II with exhibits of the Greco-Italian War, of the Battle of Crete and the National Resistance.

Next to them are the halls of Nikos Kazantzakis with a representation of his office and the library of the home of this gifted writer in Antibes in France, enriched with publications of his books in several languages, giving a comprehensive picture of his life and work.

The tour in the history of Crete ends with the Ethnographic Collection showing the successive phases of human life and the major activities, of the space and the natural environment in which they live.

The Library of the Historical Museum of Crete is enriched with rare publications, magazines, archive of local newspapers, an important set of historical records and a valuable photograph set that are addressed not only to researchers but and to the general public.


          Level 0  Historical Museum of Crete. Level 0

  1. Hall of A.G. Kalokerinos: An Introduction to the Christian Era of Crete emphasizing on Venetian and Cretan War.
  2. Hall of Ceramics
  3. Early Byzantine Collection: Capitals, mosaics and miniature
  4. Early Byzantine Collection: Architectural sculptures and sacred vessels from the Basilica of St. Titus of Gortyna
  5. Late Byzantine Collection: Architectural sculpture
  6. Venetian Collection: Architectural sculptures and inscriptions
  7. Venetian Collection: Coat of arms

    Level 1 Historical Museum of Crete. Level 1
  8. IMK CAFE. Fragments of Byzantine frescoes
  9. Numismatic Collection
  10. Byzantine chapel
  11. El Greco. Collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons and relics.
  12. Historical Collection: Introduction
  13. Historical Collection: Ottoman Period
  14. Historical Collection: 19th & early 20th century

    Level 2Α  Historical Museum of Crete. Level 2
  15. Collection of World War II: Battle of Crete, Occupation and Resistance.
  16. Collection of World War II:Hall of Emmanuel Tsouderos
  17. Collection Nikos Kazantzakis
  18. Collection Nikos Kazantzakis
  19. Collection Nikos Kazantzakis

    Level 2Β Ethnographic Collection
  20. Introduction
  21. The Cretan house
  22. Production processes
  23. The circle of life
  24. & 25. Halls of Temporary exhibitions

For your stay in Heraklion of Crete, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Heraklion town, as well as in many other areas of Heraklion Perfecture, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.

Access to Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is easy and convenient via the existing road network.
Access to attractions and to the various areas of Heraklion perfecture is fast and convenient, whichever place of the island is your starting point, because of the short distances.

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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