Museums of Crete

History and ancient civilization lovers will find their paradise in Crete, as they will have the opportunity to visit great archaeological sites, historical monuments scattered throughout the island, and remarkable museums that cover the whole range of its longstanding history, as they host rare finds from the prehistoric Minoan times until the recent years.


Cretaquarium, as a fruit of scientific research, is coming to give us knowledge and the experience of mediterranean marine world. A part of marine park research, culture, education and recreation of the Cretaquarium, is based on the knowledge, the expertise and the innovation which is produced by the Greeks marine scientists in the last 20 years.

  • region Gournes (old American Base), Hersonissos, Heraklio
  • type Aquarium
  • museum type Nature

In Ano Viannos, one can visit the Municipal Historical and Folklore Museum which was founded in 1997 by Dimitris and Aliki Spanakis. 

  • region Ano Viannos, 70004, Viannos, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Folk, Biography

“My father’s family comes from a village called Varvari, wrote the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis in his book Report to Greco. This village, known today as Mirtia (15 km from Heraklion) is where the Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis is located. 

  • region Mirtia (Central Square), 70100, Archanes, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Biography

The Musical Workshop of  Labyrinth was established in 1982 by Ross Daly, and is focused on initiating young musicians to a creative approach towards traditional musical idioms from around the world. 

  • region Houdetsi, 71000, Archanes, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Folk, Music

In the Archaeological Museum of Archanes one can mainly see stone and ceramic artefacts,as well as exact copies of famous finds from Archanes and Yuktas, which are undoubtedly counted among the most important archaeological sites of Crete. 

  • region Archanes, 70100, Archanes, Heraklio
  • type Collection
  • museum type Archaeological

It is located approximately 6 km from the archaeological site of Knossos and 3 km from Archanes

  • region Archanes, 70100, Archanes, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Folk, Historical

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