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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.

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