Frescoes, statues, religious designs, jewelry, clothes and coins - the museum showcases many artifacts from Crete's rich history. There are many cultures who are exhibited here who were conquered, those who came to rule the city, including findings from the periods of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and modern times.
The permanent exhibits are displayed on the third floor by category. There is a collection here of the Middle Ages and Renaissance that are shown through the times of the Bynzantine, Venetian and Ottomans.
There are also more modern displays here, cultural folk art, paintings and copies of the paintings of artist El Greco, there is even a space that was devoted to the Greek poet and philosopher, Nikos Kazantzakis.
In a certain way, El Greco, who is considered one of the important artists of the Renaissance, found his fame only after leaving Crete and going to Spain, learning to paint, and becoming an artist.
Ironically, the only painting by El Greco that is displayed here is the "View of Mt. Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine." This painting was painted during El Greco's stay in Venice, when he was studying under the famous artist Tiziano.