The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world, unique in beauty and completeness is housed in the Museum of Heraklion, a modern building specifically designed for this purpose. The original Museum was built between 1904 and 1912 at the urging of two Cretan archaeologists, I. Hadzidakis and S. Xanthoudides. Curators of the Archaeological trwurha2,..mrinfrat= service. It continued in use until 1937 when work began on the present earthquake-proof building. During the World War II, the museum suffered considerably damage, but, thanks to the precautions taken by prof. Platon, the collection survived. The Museum is currently going under complete renovation and expansion, which will last 3 years.