Historical Museum of Crete

The Historical Museum of Crete provides the visitor with a complete picture of the glorious Cretan history from early Christian times to the modern era.

  • Historical Museum of Crete
  • Historical Museum of Crete

The museum is housed in a beautiful building that combines neoclassical style with modern architecture. The history of Crete unfolds throughout the centuries starting from the early Byzantine period until present day.

This historic journey starts with a model (measuring 4 x 4mts.) of Candia (Heraklion) during the Venetian period. Spotlights shine on the city’s major monuments.

Continuing the tour of the museum you’ll see the beautiful collections of Cretan ceramics and sculptures as well as the museum’s coin collection which reflects all phases of Cretan economic history.

The coexistence of Orthodox Cretans with the Venetians and Ottoman rulers is reflected in the collection of paintings from the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period. The paintings of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) are also included in this section.

Children can learn about the history of Crete through fun puzzles and games via use of the special ‘route for children’. In various parts of the museum there are touch screens and tablets with information about the various exhibits and collections.

Families should know

  • There is private parking to the west of the museum (you have to pay for parking)
  • The exhibits are presented in Greek and English
  • Although the Historical Museum of Crete is very interesting for adults, it might not be so appealing to children. The ‘Guide for Children of IMK’ will definitely keep the children entertained so it is important to get a copy
  • If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask the helpful and polite museum staff who are present in various rooms

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Kids will love

  • Discovering the treasures of the museum through the game
  • The presentation of war scenes in the Second World War with audio and visual aids

Parents will love

  • The rare publications and photographic memoirs in the library of the museum that date back numerous decades
  • The small but ‘cute’ coffee shop in the backyard of the building

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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Summer timeline (April – October)
Monday – Saturday: 09.00-17.00
Sunday and Public holidays: closed

Winter Timetable (November – March)
Monday – Saturday: 09.00-15.30
Sunday and Public holidays: closed



Adults: 5€
Students (with student card), Seniors 65+: 3€
Kids under 12 years old: free entrance

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Other parents say...

  • If you find yourself in Heraklion, please spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the Historical Museum of Crete! It is an excellent way to educate yourself about ​the interesting history of the island.

    Marilena P.
  • A charming little museum that encapsulates such a rich history. Highly recommended!

    Manolis L.
  • If you are interested to learn about the history of the island, do not miss it! It covers all aspects of Cretan history in a well-organised manner.

    Agapi B.
  • The whole history of Crete in a neoclassical building in front of the sea. Simply magical …

    Gabriela N.

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