What can the abandoned original plans of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum tell us about the history of Cretan archaeology? Built ca. 1620s by Francesco Morosini, the Venetian Loggia stands today as the Municipal Town Hall of Heraklion, but it was once slated to house precious historical artifacts as the location of the archaeological museum in Heraklion. While the Venetian Loggia never became the archaeological museum that some Cretan archaeologists hoped for, local Cretans built upon networks they had forged with foreign agents to eventually develop an internationally renowned museum elsewhere in Heraklion. Using archival collections from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (AMH), this talk places the Loggia’s complicated history within the systems of archaeological networks that emerged as a consequence of the political situation of Crete during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.