Museums

A vast number of museums highlight the history and life of Cretan Island.

A vast number of museums highlight the history and life of Cretan Island.
Archaeological museums are usually the most exciting and the most important in the island is the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, gathering findings of the Minoan civilization and its interaction with Egypt. The exhibition of frescoes from Knossos site is a must to see.

If you are in Anatoli for a long sojourn it is interesting to spend a day in Heraklion, visiting the Knossos archaeological site and this Museum, finishing up with a gorgeous meal in a seafront tavern
Two more museums in Agios Nicolaos and Sitia are located in the Prefecture of Lassithi and deal with antiquities found in this territory. Visits to them can be combined with beaches for swimming and gorges for trails.
Folklore museums and collections intend to highlight the folklore and ethnological tradition of the island. Important collections of bygone eras include utensils related to traditional agriculture, livestock breeding, wedding, christening, birth, architecture, clothing and equipment of traditional Cretan houses.Excellent collections offer in this part of Crete the Lychnostatis in Hersonissos, in Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.


Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The collection of the Minoan antiquities in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is the largest in the world and the museum is considered the main Museum of Minoan civilization. It is classified as one of the largest and most remarkable museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe.

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Archaeological Museum of Agios Nicolaos

The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos was founded in 1970 and houses findings from the Neolithic Age, the Minoan Era and the Graeco-Roman Times from the Lassithi prefecture. Among the findings, most important are the skull of an athlete, crowned with gold olive wreath and a silver coin from Polirinia in his mouth (a compensation of the ferryman of Hades), and the figurine Goddess of Myrtos. There are more findings from the necropolis of the Agia Fotia, Myrtos, Malia, etc.

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Archaeological Museum of Agios Nicolaos
Archaeological Museum of Agios Nicolaos

Archeological Museum of Sitia

The Archaeological Museum of Sitia operates since 1984 and hosts the most important archaeological finds from eastern Crete (from Sitia, Palekastro, the islets of Mochlos and Psira, the necropolis of St. George, the palace of Zakros, the Hellenistic town of Xerokambos, Ziros, Makrigialos, Lefki island and ancient Itanos).

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Archeological Museum of Sitia
Archeological Museum of Sitia

Folklore Museum of Agios Nicolaos

The Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos was founded in 1978 and is housed in the Old Port Service by Lake Voulismeni. Most of the exhibited objects were donated by the Touring Club of Agios Nikolaos.The museum contains a collection of authentic and rare samples of Cretan art, especially weaving and embroidery. Moreover, the visitors will see everyday objects of a traditional Cretan household, a collection of old icons, a rich collection of wooden small objects, manuscripts and other priestly books, old documents referring to local history, agricultural tools, a loom, old photographs, coins, traditional music instruments etc.

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Folklore Folklore Museum of Agios Nicolaos
Folklore Museum of Agios Nicolaos

Folklore Museum in Sitia

The Folklore Museum of Sitia was founded in 1975 and is housed in a beautiful neo-classical house. The collection refers to the town of Sitia in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century. Embroidery, textiles, wood carvings, local costumes, photos and other stuff give us a vivid picture of the past life of the Sitians.

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Folklore Museum in Sitia
Folklore Museum in Sitia

Open Air Museum Lichnostatis (Hersonissos near Heraklion)

The Open-air Museum Lychnostatis was founded in 1992 by the doctor and collector George Makrakis. The buildings themselves are some of the main exhibits as they were built thoroughly with the prevalent raw materials (stone-wood-clay). The collections are broad in scope, from agricultural implements to embroideries and from herbs to rhymes. The approach is by no means intellectual; all exhibits are left to speak for themselves, and visitors are allowed to touch objects and encouraged to smell and taste the various plants, fruits and products of the museum.

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Open Air Museum Lichnostatis
Open Air Museum Lichnostatis (Hersonissos near Heraklion)

Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori

The Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori consists of an exhibition complex and a Research and Conference Center. The exhibition is housed in a two storey building and consists of 3000 exhibits that showcase the ethnological human evolution through seven key areas: food, architecture, weaving, arts - trade, transport, customs, social organization.

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Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori
Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Archaeological Museum of Agios Nicolaos
Archeological Museum of Sitia
Folklore Museum of Agios Nicolaos
Folklore Museum in Sitia
Open Air Museum Lichnostatis
Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori
Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori

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