27 Sofokli Venizelou Str., Heraklion
The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies. It is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building that was the home of Minos Kalokerinos and a courtesy of the Kalokerinos family Institute.
The museum houses permanent collections of Byzantine ceramics and sculptures, coins, original paintings of El Greco, religious relics of the Ottoman Period, objects from various Cretan revolutions, portraits of Cretan fighters, documents of the Second World War, personal items ofthe author Nikos Kazantzakis and an ethnographic collection. At times temporary exhibitions are also hosted.