Historical Museum of Crete
This museum deals with Crete's more modern history and highlights the islanders' long battle for independence from the early Christian times to the present day. The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building constructed in 1903 on the site of an earlier mansion. The Historical Museum has impressive collections of ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewellery, Byzantine art, Ottoman artefacts, and ethnographic displays, and the history of Crete is thoroughly and well laid out. The Medieval and Renaissance collection contains the only painting on Crete by the island's famous painter El Greco, The Landscape of God-trodden Mount Sinai, which is one of the museum's treasures. Another world-renowned Cretan, Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek, is also remembered in the museum, which houses a recreation of his study. There are frequent temporary exhibitions to be enjoyed and a library containing some interesting documents and rare editions which is open to the public.
Address: 7 Lysimahou Kalokerinou
Telephone: (2810) 283 219
Opening times: April to October, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm; November to March, Monday to Saturday 9am to 3:30pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Library: open daily 9am to 3pm.
Admission: €5 (adults), €3 (concessions), children under 12 free.