Historical and Folk Art Museum

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The Historical and Folk Art Museum resides in an old Venetian mansion in the city of Rethymnon, about 50 miles west of Heraklion. Founded in 1973, the museum focuses on rural life in Crete with exhibits that cover everything from ceramics to farm equipment.

Admission is approximately $4 USD to visit Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Rethymno's Historical & Folk Art Museum gives an excellent overview of the area's rural lifestyle, with its collection of clothing, baskets, weavings and farm tools, and useful explanatory labels." -- Lonely Planet
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