Historical Museum of Crete

#6 in Best Things To Do in Crete
Historical Museum of Crete picture
tedbassman/Flickr

Key Info

Sofokli Venizelou 27

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Historical Museum of Crete, located in the capital city of Heraklion, chronicles Cretan life from early Byzantine times to the Modern period. If you're interested in the older stuff, check out the nearby Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Travelers noted that despite the museum's small size, there is lots to see and learn. Two paintings by El Greco are major highlights of the museum: The Baptism of Christ and View of Mt. Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine.

From April to October the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; in the winter it closes at 3:30 p.m. Standard admission is roughly 5 EUR for adults. Kids younger than 12 get in for free. For more information, visit the museum's website.

See all Hotels in Crete »

More Best Things To Do in Crete

Rethymnon Old Town1 of 8
Elafonisi2 of 8
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Rethymnon Old Town

If you're in Rethymnon, then you shouldn't miss the opportunity to wander the narrow alleys of Old Town, a seaside neighborhood that dates back to the 11th century. Here you'll find prime examples of Venetian Renaissance architecture along with splashes of Turkish influence spread throughout the city.

The food and shopping options in Old Town are seemingly endless, but the maze-like streets can be perplexing. If you do get turned around, don't despair: The area isn't huge, and once you see the Venetian Fortezza or the harbor, you can easily regain your bearings. Recent travelers have actually embraced getting lost in Old Town because the streets are so charming, the locals are so kind and the food is so good. Case in point, Old Town Rethymnon is simply beautiful.

Read more
Romtomtom/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Crete »

Explore More of Crete

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

The 10 Best Detroit Tours

Get to know the historic and quirky side of Motor City.

12 Top Family Camping Trips, Ideas and Campgrounds

Enjoy the great outdoors for a price you can afford.

The 8 Best Memphis Tours

Experience the best of Memphis with one of these top guided tours.

The 10 Best Kauai Boat Tours

Set sail on these excursions to explore the beauty of the Garden Island by sea.

The 18 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the U.S.

Bring your pet along on an unforgettable beach vacation.

The 10 Best San Antonio Tours

Experience one of Texas' best cities with the help of a local.

The 11 Best Salem Tours

From its infamous witch trials to its underrated food scene, this Massachusetts city is ripe for exploration.

15 Top Weekend Getaways in California

Escape to the Golden State without breaking the bank.

The 7 Best Chicago Walking Tours

See the best Chi-Town has to offer on your own two feet.

The 14 Best Puerto Vallarta Tours

Make the most of your time in Mexico with these top-rated excursions.