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Herakleion Archaeological Museum

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Address: Xanthoudidou St, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 302810 226092 226470
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Description: A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete...
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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Truly an excellent museum and one of the few good reasons to visit Heraklion

Highly recommended. If you have to visit Heraklion, make sure you set aside 1-2 hours to review the offerings in this terrific museum. The objects and their supporting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Highly recommended. If you have to visit Heraklion, make sure you set aside 1-2 hours to review the offerings in this terrific museum. The objects and their supporting narrative present 150,000 years of history about Crete to the interested visitor. It's a wonderful "must visit" supplement to the ruins at Knossos. The latter, unfortunately, leave the visitor unfilled because the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Two floors of potted Cretan history with a good variety of artefacts. If you're a scholar you'll probably be underwhelmed (compared to say, the British Museum in London) but if you're a slightly above average tourist there'll be enough to see without your feet hurting. There's a modest cafe with nice cherry pie and mostly outdoor seating in sun or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This museum houses one of the most fascinating collections that I have ever seen. The artifacts and artwork displayed dates back 5000 years! The Minoans were not only civilized but quite advanced. After being disappointed at the Palace of Knossos, this was what we needed to see to understand the Minoan culture from so long ago. The museum is laid... More 

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best museums i visited. Huge with amazing exhibits. Really time travel to minoan Empire. Dont miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the museum on our first trip to Crete 20 years ago and what a transformation. The exhibits are arranged chronologically in light displays making them easy to view. There are simple descriptions in English and just the right amount of information to take in to give an overall history of Crete. We visited at the beginning and end... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is extremely well presented. Lots of information available to read, audio tour or there is a guide in every room. Steeped in history and artefacts. Just be careful taking pictures of artefacts that are not yet published - they don't like it. Coffee shop was reasonably priced but quite a big queue. As I'm everywhere in Crete, take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Brilliant, but too much to take in on one visit. At time of visit there were no gallery guides available. Also a few staff too keen on telling you what not to do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

A beautiful museum, easy to navigate in and very spacious. The objects are outstading. One cannot not visit such a place if one feels for the past of Crete. Recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Located conveniently in the city center. You can buy a combined ticket for the museum and the archeological site, the total cost is about 10 Eu. The visit to this museum will take you about two/three hours. Already full of tourists in May ! If you go in Heraklion you should not miss it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is excellent! It presents the archaelogical history of Crete, dating from pre-history, in a clear, well explained chronological sequence. This helped me enormously in understanding the amazingly rich history of the island. Exhibits are well lit, displays are beautifully presented, and the exhibits themselves are breathtaking. Our interest was focussed on the Minoan period, having visited Knossos the... More 

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