The Museum’s permanent exhibition is exclusively dedicated to Nikos Kazantzakis’ work and life.

Since the Museum was founded in 1983, the permanent exhibition has been hosted in the central building of the establishment. In 2009, the Museum underwent a complete refurbishment, which was co-financed by the European Union and the Greek state. The works included refurbishing the building and re-exhibiting its collections based on a new conceptual structure and according to contemporary scientific guidelines and museological methods. The experience in the museum was enhanced with interactive audiovisual exhibits and wireless audio guides. The new exhibition was inaugurated on the 3rd of July 2010.

At the new permanent exhibition, visitors can see manuscripts, letters, documents, Greek and foreign publications, photos and personal items, theatre material, rare audiovisual content, and a variety of artworks depicting the writer. Physical material, combined with digital reproductions, is provided in five thematic rooms:

● Biographical elements

● The Odyssey poem

● Friends and influences

● Early works and theatre plays

● Novels and travel fiction

 The permanent exhibition also includes:

AV room

The AV room operates independently of the themed sections, serving to supplement available information with audiovisual material. Here you can watch a twenty-minute AV presentation on Nikos Kazantzakis’ life and work, available in eleven languages: Greek, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. 

Small patio

A place where visitors can relax under the “olive leaves” of the glass roof, before they go upstairs to continue their visit.

Permanent exhibition contributors

Exhibition design – implementation – supervision: YIORGOS PSOMADAKIS 
Artwork and graphic design: DIMITRIS KALOKYRIS
Texts - editing: LITSA CHATZOPOULOU 
Project co-ordination: VARVARA TSAKA
Museology consultant: ANTONIS LEVENTIS