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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the ancient civilizations that once populated the island.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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+30 281 027 9000
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Reviewed yesterday

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum illuminates the antiquities of very old civilizations which precede Ancient Greece. It is full of exquisite ceramics, jewelry, weapons, and tablets with early writing systems. One leaves the museum asking more questions than before entering!

Thank 2014Kate
Reviewed 2 days ago

To fully appreciate this marvellous collection, you need take your time, not an hour or so but two - or even more - if you are a student of prehistoric Cretan civilisation and/or Bronze-age 'Minoan' culture. This is not due not to the size of...More

Thank Melbourne3058
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited in January on a Sunday and the entrance was free. After seeing the Palace of Knossos it was wonderful to see all the precious artifacts that were contained there. It is not a very big museum and everything is described in English. We...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great explanation of the history of Crete through its archaeological finds. The museum starts with prehistoric finds and gradually explores up to fairly recent times. Exhibits are clearly explained and illustrated but take note that many are not allowed to be photographed. There are...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located within walking distance if the Harbor, the museum contains the digging from Knossis Palace and other nearby Mioan and Romsn/Greek ruins. Amazing gold jewelry, burial items, tools and items from everyday living. In January and we the museum to ourselves. Friendly staff and well...More

Thank Dwightcr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Buy the 16 euro combined ticket if you are visiting the Knossos site & save money. This museum has lovely gardens to sit in & a cafe. Its set over 2 floors, very clean and the displays well laid out with signs in both English...More

Thank dalton1skiing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was difficult to truly appreciate the museum when we drove around for almost an hour to try to find a place to park. So frustrating. By the time we found a place and went inside I was so stressed out it was difficult to...More

Thank koebe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

amazing museum, unique for the Minoan Civilisation, wish it had more children activities. I think that even important archeological museums should provide activities for kids, after all for a kid nowadays interaction and engagement are the best ways towards learning

Thank Corto M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must. Unforgettable, especially if you like neolithic art and early antiquity. You can take pictures of most pieces of art. You can have lunch and go back to the museum, for example the second floor and its Knossos paintings

Thank Nathalie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a smaller museum than I guessed it to be. Don;t get me wrong, it has a great variety of display throughout the time periods, just a lot smaller than I expected based on the reviews and hype.

Thank Tim98166
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Xenia66
14 December 2017|
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Response from kizball | Reviewed this property |
....mmmm - she didn't mention where she was staying; Archaeological Museum is right off Plaza Eleftherias. A local bus from port would go there. Buses to Knossos are also available at same location [but check on that... More
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Xenia66
14 December 2017|
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Response from Tony25919 | Reviewed this property |
The main bus terminus for all the out of town busses is close to the harbour. At the back of the bus station is the old city walls. if you look hard you will see steps leading from the terminus over the city wall, it is on... More
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Sæmundur Óskar H
4 July 2017|
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Response from Sherard20015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed, it is two floors and there is a lift. Very easy to get around.
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