Located on Sofokli Venizelou Avenue, housed in a two-storey neoclassical building facing the sea, is the well known Historical Museum of Crete, known to house important archaeological, historical and ethnographic material. It is a must-visit for all tourists as it features exhibits and displays focusing on 2,000 years of Crete’s history, from early Christian times to the present day. Founded in 1952, this museum has a fantastic collection of artifacts of Venetian, Byzantine, Arab, Roman and Turkish origin, along with Christian artifacts. Visitors to the museum will also come across a wooden model of mediaeval Heraklion, and will get to learn about major events in Cretan history, including the siege of the city, the city’s Ottoman rule, and more recent warfare.
Summer (April - October): Monday - Saturday 09.00-17.00 Winter (November - March): Monday - Saturday 09.00-15.30 Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The wooden model of mediaeval Heraklion and the exhibits on the Ottoman rule
Muslims visiting the Historical Museum of Crete will not be able to find prayer facilities within its premises. The city of Heraklion is known to have had several mosques during the Ottoman rule, however currently, there is only one small mosque in the city, namely the Masjed Al Noor. Muslim tourists can therefore ask museum staff to direct them to this mosque at prayer times.
Visitors to the Historical Museum of Crete will be able to get a bite to eat at its café, located on Level 1. There are also several restaurants outside the museum. Although Muslim visitors will not be able to find Halal cerftified food here, there should be a number of vegetarian and seafood dishes on the menu.