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Heraklion Historical & Natural History Museum

Historical Museum of Crete

Founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies (S.C.H.S.), the Historical Museum of Crete (H.M.C.) presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day.

The original goal of those founding the Historical Museum of Crete was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has been operating within the wider University of Crete framework, the Natural History Museum of Crete fulfils all the roles demanded of a comprehensive, modern museum by:

  • Keeping and developing collections
  • Carrying out research into the natural world
  • Contributing to teaching at all levels in the education system
  • Promoting the unique nature of habitats in Crete and the Mediterranean.

The museum’s impressive growth over the last decade reflects the competence and professionalism of its staff, as well as the growing need in society for proper information concerning the environment.

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