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Herakleion Archaeological Museum

Address: Xanthoudidou St, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: 302810 226092 226470
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Ranked #1 of 32 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Charlotte, NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We thought we were museum-ed out after a week in Athens, but found this spot worth 90 minutes. Well laid out, very clean, nice bathrooms and a small cafe on site. The exhibits focused on Minoan culture and objects found on Crete. There were some fantastic objects to see, made this a worthwhile visit.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I personally love ancient history and visiting museum hosting evidences of ancient civilizations. This museum is mostly dedicated to the Minoans, offering the visitors a wide array of things to see from statues, ancient jewels, sarcophagi and so on. A mandatory stop!

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

You must have this on your list of places to see as they offer so much more than all the other museums. The third and top floor didn't interest us as much, but the rest was fantastic!

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

If you love history like I do or just want to learn the basics of the history of Crete the museum is well worth a visit.

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Excellent exhibits of Crete's history,which is extensive. Museum is just 1 minute from Iraklion town centre and 5 mins from the Marin Dream Hotel. Great place to spend a couple of hours,as it contains all the original murals from the palace of Knossos,along with a wonderful array of other ancient artifacts. Barry Abbotsford,BC

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Don't miss this great museum with its local collection including the legendary snake goddesses, Minoan (ca 2500 BCE) murals with acrobats, clay pots with octopus and other sea life, fabulous jewelry from thousands of years ago. Goes through the Roman times with beautiful mosaic floors. Lots of great vessels in clay and in bronze. Hours are too short in winter... More 

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Kampenhout, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

If you have some time to spent in Heraklion then this is an excellent choice if you want to learn about the history of Crete.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Had few hours at disposal before my flight back to Athens, and I didn't disappoint myself by visiting this place. The artefacts were neatly organised, with lucid explanations in English. Also the exhibits were well illuminated, allowing clear glance at finer details. Some prologue about Minioan civilization before the first hall could provide a better perspective. Overall, certainly not a... More 

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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is an excellent intro into Heraklion! Incredibly amounts of history to learn about! A must see visit when in Heraklion!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

For the last few years ( at least since 2008) the Herakleon Museum has been in storage. You could only see the highlights in a basement. Now it's all out, shiny and new, in a beautiful space with chatty didactics in Greek and English telling you what's what, and why you should care. It's really well done, and worth your... More 

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