Historical Museum of Crete Heraklion
The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 by the
Society of Cretan Historical Studies. The museum is housed in a
three-story neoclassical building. It consists of 12 rooms
through which the evolution of Cretan civilization from
Christian times to the 20th century is displayed. This includes
images, historical artifacts, books, maps, Cretan costumes and
many other artefacts.
Of particular interest is the museum's second floor where there are two halls, the hall of Kazantzakis and the Emmanuel Tsouderos Hall, where objects are exhibited with personal belongings of the writer Nikos Kazantzakis and those of the Prime Minister Emmanuel Tsouderos of Crete. Also displayed on the first floor are medieval maps and photographs from the Battle of Crete as well as the period from 1867 to 1912. In a room on the second floor we find the specially equipped rural Cretan house (Kamarospito) with fireplace, traditional furniture, utensils and various farming tools. Also in the same area are the traditional loom and weaving tools..