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Historical Museum of Crete

Founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (S.C.H.S.), the Historical Museum of Crete (H.M.C.) presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day.

The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history.

The process of enriching the collections, extending exhibition space and redefining the museum's aims has never ceased. Prolific research and publishing activity, the organisation of temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and the use of audiovisual media all form part of the modern educational role adopted by the Historical Museum of Crete over time.

The same approach also includes the gradual re-organisation of the collections on display so as to appeal to a wider range of visitors, thus offering them the opportunity to understand the many facets of historical development on Crete.

The H.M.C. is home to the following collections:
Medieval and Renaissance Collection
Struggles for Cretan Freedom
Folklore Collection
Nikos Kazantzakis Room
Emmanouil Tsouderos Room

Permanent Exhibitions:
A. G. Kalokerinos Room
Introduction to the Christian Era on Crete
Tour of 17th century Chandax (Heraklion)
Ceramics Room

Contact details:
House A. & M. Kalokerinos, 27, Sofokli Venizelou Ave. / 7, Lysimachou Kalokerinou St., 71202 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Tel. (+30)2810 / 283219, (+30)2810 / 288708 - Fax. (+30)2810 / 283754

Exhibits of the historical museum


 Άγιος Ιωάννης. Τοιχογραφία από την κόγχη του ναού του Αγίου Γεωργίου στον Μέρωνα Αμαρίου (ΙΓ΄ αιώνας)


  Η Αποκαθήλωση. Εικόνα από τη Μονή Σαββαθιανών (ΙΖ΄ αιώνας)


  Δύο όψεις χρυσού βυζαντινού νομίσματος του αυτοκράτορος Φωκά (602 - 610 μ.Χ.)

View of Mt. Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine (1570)

  Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (1570 περίπου). Άποψη του Όρους και της Μονής Σινά. Τέμπερα και ελαιογραφία σε ξύλο.

Portraits of Fighters

 Προσωπογραφία του Μ. Μελίτακα, οπλαρχηγού Μυλοποτάμου στην επανάσταση του 1821 - 1830.


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