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Herakleion Archaeological Museum

Xanthoudidou St, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
302810 226092 226470
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Ranked #2 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: As of May 6th 2014, the renovated Heraklion Archaeological Museum has become again accessible to the public after many years of closure. The official... more »
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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Very well preserved artifacts from the oldest European civilization. Definitely worth the detour. There are 2 floors so if your time is budgeted, don't spend too much time downstairs.

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We visited as part of an all day tour including Knossos in the morning. Our guide was very informative, and some of the exhibits are very fine.

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Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The exhibition of the palatial period is simply amazing! Some pieces are indeed breathtaking, such as the Disc of Phaistos and the Snake Goddess statuette! Worth a visit at any cost! Too bad the Museum Shop did not sell a guide or a catalogue!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

An excellent museum, which pulls together all the Minoan artefacts and expertly puts the flesh on the bones of what we saw at Knossis and Malia. Definitely worth the visit to see the stunning finds, which are arranged in such a way to really give one a sense of the era. Recently refurbished, this museum was light, airy, cool and... More

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

If you are going to Knossos a visit to this brand new museum is a must. Combined ticket for both the museum and Knossos was 10 euros which we thought was very reasonable. The displays are well presented, with enough background information to set things in context, but the artefacts themselves are breath-taking, the level of craftsmanship on even the... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Makes the stones and ruins mean something. There's a combination pass with the Minoan "palace." It saves you a few euros, so it's worth getting the combination pass. The museum is far more interesting than the palace as you see the genuine artifacts instead of facsimiles, thus allowing you to reconstruct the Minoan/Cycladic culture more accurately..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This is a new and well designed museum which has quiet dignity. The outside space has gardens of cool shade and benches where local people sit to chat; an oasis in the centre of Heraklion. Inside, the displays are well lighted and easy to move around. The massive wooden representation of Knossos at the height of it power is an... More

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The Archaeological Museum is located in the centre of Heraklion with a collection of artifacts from the Bronze-age Minoan culture – the first of note on what is now European soil. The exhibits cover a period of ten millennia, from the Neolithic era until late Roman times. A tour would start on the Ground floor: the halls are dedicated to... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Some great artefacts and interesting to see the transition in Cretan culture from early Minoan up to Roman times. There are too much large pots though, many with no artistic detail and adding very little value. Some of them should have been replaced with more background history (in my humble opinion)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Most of the days closes at 8:00 pm, it gives the opportunity to visit Knossos during the morning and then return to Heraklion to see the original frescoes. Additional to the frescoes there are amazing pieces and the museum size is just convenient. Buy the combo ticket that includes Knossos and museum. Try to visit Knossos either early or late... More

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