Museums

Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe's most important museums. The present building was constructed between 1933 and 1937 to plans by P. Karantinos, on the site of the imposing Venetian Franciscan friary destroyed by an earthquake in 1856.
The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island's history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilisation, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the home of Minoan civilisation par excellence, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities the world over.
 
Contact details:
Xanthoudidou 2, 71202 Heraklion
Tel. (+30)2810 / 279000 - Fax. (+30)2810 / 279071
e-mail: amh@culture.gr
 
Historical Museum of Crete
Foundedin 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
e-mail: info@historical-museum.gr
Website: http://www.historical-museum.gr
 
St. Catherine's Museum
Situated northeast of the Cathedral of St. Minas, this church once belonged to the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mt. Sinai
The church was founded in the second Byzantine period, and was a centre of intellectual and artistic activity from the 15th to the 17th century.
St. Catherine's now serves as an exhibition venue owned by the Archdiocese of Crete. It houses works representative of the Cretan Renaissance, the most outstanding of which are portable icons by Michail Damaskinos
The displays also include collections of altar furnishings, books, vestments and detached murals.
 
The Battle of Crete and National Resistance Museum
The Museum of the Battle of Crete and National Resistance (1941-1945) was founded by the Municipality of Heraklion in May 1994.
The museum's aim is to collect, preserve and exhibit relics from 1941-1945 in an appropriate manner, as well as to document and disseminate information on the people's struggle during the Battle of Crete and the German-Italian occupation.
In addition to presenting a range of material witnesses to the past, the museum aims to cultivate interest and respect for the history of Crete.
Contact details:
Doukos Beaufort and Merambellou Sts.
Tel. (+30)2810 / 246 554
 
Natural History Museum
Operating within the wider University of Crete framework, the Natural History Museum of Crete fulfils all the roles demanded of a comprehensive, modern museum by:
  • Keeping and developing collections
  • Carrying out research into the natural world
  • Contributing to teaching at all levels in the education system
  • Promoting the unique nature of habitats in Crete and the Mediterranean.
Contact details:
University of Crete, Knossos Ave. P.O.Box 2208, 71909 Heraklion Crete
Tel. (+30)2810 / 393276 - Tel/Fax (+30)2810 / 324366
Natural History Museum Exhibition
Sof. Venizelou Ave, Dermatas Bay
Tel. (+30)2810 / 282740
e-mail: sec@nhmc.uoc.gr
Website: http://www.nhmc.uoc.gr
 
Museum of Visual Arts
The Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts was established in order to support cultural and artistic activity of all kinds, with particular regard to the advancement and strengthening of the visual arts and the promotion of work by Cretan artists.
The museum acts as venue where artists, art lovers and their friends can meet and exchange views in a spirit of solidarity, co-operation and unity, and a place for aesthetic and intellectual cultivation, recreation and learning. To that end, the museum organizes educational seminars and lectures on matters relating to art, as well as conferences, concerts, seminars and publications. The venue is also suitable for use as exhibition space, for association meetings and for nationwide or European-level collaborative projects with other private or state-run museums.
 
Contact details:
3 Nymphon str.,Heraklion Crete
Tel. (+30)2810 / 226683 - Fax. (+30)2810 / 226489
e-mail: museum@texni-texniki.gr
Website: http://www.heraklionvisualarts.gr

Facilities

  • Reception and information desk
  • Breakfast room
  • Cafe – Bar
  • Pool
  • Large common use verandas
  • Free WI-FI
  • 24hr hot water in the apartments
  • Spacious and safe parking

Why Us

  • Reasonable prices.
  • Quiet and comfortable environment.
  • Easy access to beaches.
  • Easy access to the city of Heraklion.

Services

  • Car/motorbike rentals*
  • Restaurant bookings*
  • Housekeeping

* Upon request