Museums & Galleries

Crete’s history goes back 5,000 years and is evident across its surface, from ancient palaces to spectacular Byzantine monasteries and churches, archaeological museums and cultural galleries. Crete’s prominent place in world history dates back to the illustrious Minoans, providing every visitor with a time-travel experience.

Museums & Galleries overview

Crete’s history goes back 5,000 years and is evident across its surface, from ancient palaces to spectacular Byzantine monasteries and churches, archaeological museums and cultural galleries. Crete’s prominent place in world history dates back to the illustrious Minoans, providing every visitor with a time-travel experience.

Natural History Museum of Crete

The Natural History Museum of Crete is housed in the renovated former premises of the Heraklion Public Power Corporation, on Dermatas’ Bay. Covering an area of 3,500 m2, it is the largest exhibition of its kind in the Mediterranean, showcasing the natural environment of Crete and the wider Mediterranean area in an innovative, original way. Visitors have the opportunity to explore Cretan ecosystems alongside their equivalents in mainland Greece, and elsewhere in the Mediterranean via dioramas, i.e. full-scale models of natural landscapes.

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Telling the story of Crete, from the Neolithic times to the extraordinary Minoans and beyond, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion brings to life more than 5,500 years of history. Housing antiquities spanning 5,500 years of history, it includes many of the treasured objects of Europe’s oldest civilisation: the bull-leaping, snake-holding, literacy-busting Minoans. Don’t miss out on seeing the linear B tablets and the eminent Phaistos Disc.

Museum of Contemporary Art

It’s located in the heart of old historical city, under the Venetian Castle and the Archaeological Museum. Its permanent collection includes roughly 550 works of Lefteris Kanakakis, representing all the stages of his achievements, as well as works of contemporary Greek artists, thus covering a wide spectrum of Modern Greek art from 1950 to today. The entire collection sufficiently covers the samples of art from abstraction to the creation of work processed on computers.