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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, 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.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“on display” (90 reviews)
“two floors” (32 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great museum and had a lot of very good displays and information. Easy to do in a few hours or take longer depending on your interests. I have a suggestion for you! The majority of the bus tours arrive here shorty after...More

Thank NessieBo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visiting knosos withou seeing the exposition of the museum is just without any sense as the objects in museum give the real picture if the way of life in knosos and other minoan palaces.

1  Thank PRIMOŽ P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had visited the temporary exhibition in 2009. The new museum is outstanding. You get to know the splendour of the minoan civilisation. On a par with some of the greatest museums of the world. You will have to spend at least 2 hours. Ideally get...More

1  Thank alkof
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you ever visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, you absolutely MUST have Kostas Georgakopoulos as your guide (you can contact Kostas through Facebook - Kostas Georgakopoulos Tour Guide/Archaeologist). My mum and I knew very little about Minoan history, and Kostas provided us with the most...More

Thank LanaCollaris
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You can't really go to Knossos without visiting the Archaeological Museum. The huge haul of breath taking artefacts are well displayed and very accessible - many right there to touch. The breadth of what's on show from personal combs and mirrors to jewelery, armour, burial...More

1  Thank SW19Wanderer
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the museum after the palace at Knosso and it greatly enriched our experience. FYI! Most things in Crete are closed on Sunday with the exception of the museums and some convenience stores. This is a great day to plan your visit. Go to...More

1  Thank NessieBo
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum has exhibits for all periods of history and is really well organized and complete! Descriptions are in Greek and in English.

Thank Gabrie1234
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great museum full of hugely interesting and significant staff utterly ruined by the pettiness of the museum staff. The best Museums in the world are places if excitement and wonder that promote and encourage wonder and dialogue about the historical artefacts contained within its...More

Thank Ianleitch
Reviewed 6 days ago

There's an impressive collection of Minoan artefacts found at the Knossos archaeological site. It's very well structured and is considered to be one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe so defenitely worth a visit....More

Thank AncaPascu
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Museum located in downtown of Heraklion near fortress. Price for it and Knossos is 16 euro per adult and it worth every dine. There is artefacts not only from Knossos yet from other minoan localities such as Phaistos and Malia. All famous artefacts are here...More

1  Thank Aleksandar P
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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.
22 April 2017|
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Response from guycrulsLondon_UK | Reviewed this property |
the museum lies on the north side of a piazza; on the south side and alongside Platia Pediados, there's a parking lot. check in google earth.
8 September 2016|
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Response from traveller46_11 | Reviewed this property |
According to their website the museum currently (September) is open 8am to 8pm daily. Lonely Panet (2012 edition) advises that from November to March the museum is open from 8:30am to 3pm.