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.


The collection has been on display since the summer of 2001, and it is housed in a building donated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in collaboration with the Municipality.

  • region Neapoli of Lasithi, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Collection
  • museum type Archaeological

The Municipal Art Gallery L. Kanakakis began functioning in 1992 in a Venetian building in the city centre, where the Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art has also been stationed since 1995. 

  • region 5 Cheimaras Street, 74100, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Museum, Gallery
  • museum type Pictorial

The most complete historical museum of Crete is to be found in Heraklion, and it houses exhibits dating from the Early Christian years up until the 20th century

  • region 7 Lysimachus Kalokairinou Street, 71202, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Historical

The museum functions in a restored 17th century Venetian mansion, and the collection originates from donations and purchases. It numbers over 5.000 exhibits. The permanent exhibition areas extend into five rooms and mostly include traditional handicraft and folk art objects.

  • region 30 Emmanuel Bernard Street, Rethymno, Rethymno
  • type Museum
  • museum type Folk, Historical

A private museum created on the initiative of Aspasia Bikaki and Irini Koumandaraki. It is housed in a hall of the Public Library, the entrance to which is located in the yard of the Catholic Church of Chania.

  • region 46 Halidon Street, 73100, Chania, Chania
  • type Museum
  • museum type Folk

The museum of Icons & Relics of the Holy Archbishopric of Crete is located in the city centre and is housed in Saint Catherine’s church, near to Saint Minas Cathedral. It dates back to the 15th century and used to be the church of a monastery during the Venetian period.

  • region Saint Catherine’s Square, Heraklio, Heraklio
  • type Museum
  • museum type Ecclesiastical

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