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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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All reviews on display two floors minoan artefacts chronological order amazing collection combined ticket the ground floor first floor visiting knossos air conditioned archaeological museum bronze age take photos two hours knossos site couple of hours cretan history
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Reviewed today

2 floors of stuff, the main things of interest are the Minoan-era items prior to the Hellenic era. Very interesting 'Kamares ware' pottery style I've never seen before. Also the fresco styles are unique, somewhat Egyptian-influenced. I didnt know bull-jumping was a sport! I saw...More

Thank KrisG93
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent the day at this amazing museum. There are so so many wonderful exhibits to see here you really need time to take everything in. I thought the bathtub exhibit was the most amazing. It’s absolutely beautiful to be able to see all of...More

Thank MrsPaulHall
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent museum, showing artefacts from Knossos and other Minoan sites. Exhibits set out in a very organized way with plenty of light and space. It certainly enhanced our visit to Knossos.

Thank vesuvio1925
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an absolute must-visit location when in Crete. So glad we took time to see it after our visit to Knossos, it gave a much much better perspective of the Minoan civilization. Very impressive collection of artefacts, all real and authentic (not reconstructed as...More

Thank geckopoo
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were on a short holiday in Crete and decided that we would like to take a day trip to Heraklion and the Palace of Knossos, We found a tour by Sparrow Travel, which suited us as it picked us up and dropped us off...More

1  Thank 10sman2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed our visit after seeing Knossos, brought home the importance of the dig with some really interesting art & jewellery. All displays in French, English, German, Greek & Russian. No queuing lots of Information.

Thank OntheRoadthereandbac
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to this Museum. We went on an organised tour from Rethymno with Klados. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and my niece listened intently and found the whole experience wonderful.

Thank Jane E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exterior of the building can in no way prepare you for the amazing inside of this spacious museum, which in my opinion is easily one of the top 3 Greek museums. It will take some time to explore but it's the ABSOLUTE MUST when...More

1  Thank Onoufrios-Dovletis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must when in Heraklion. The exhibits of one of the most ancient civilisations in the world are spectacular. Don't miss the Phestos discus. Great renovation work.

1  Thank Katherina F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy going museum in the center of Heraklion. Well laid out and interesting without being boring. Highly recommend.

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28 September 2018|
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Response from Jacquelyn H | Reviewed this property |
At Knossos, you can hire a guide. An 80 euro fee(I think) gets you a guide. S/he will take up to 4 people of 1 language. These are mostly bachelor to master's prepared historians or archaeologists, very well versed in the... More
27 September 2018|
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Response from SevenoaksSinjun | Reviewed this property |
Hi, when we visited in mid-September we had no queues at either the Museum or Knossos. In fact, both were comfortably quiet.
27 September 2018|
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Response from 821derekw | Reviewed this property |
We went the third week in September and the lines are very minimal if you are there by 9 - 9:30. Once the buses started coming into Knossos there were certainly 15 min. lines to see the palace chambers.