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Herakleion Archaeological Museum

Xanthoudidou St, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
302810 226092 226470
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

All, the treasures that have been unearthed in numerous excavations are well displayed and explained in English as well as Greek. Worth going to before visiting any of the sites.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

After a visit to Knossos, it was essential to visit the museum and view the artefacts related to Knossos and Crete's early history. The museum is beautiful-well laid out with informative signs. You can photograph most displays, providing you do not use flash, but there are some unpublished specimens which are not allowed to be photographed. it was a thrill... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Great value. You could spend hours on the different floors in here and follow the history of Crete from thousands of years ago, then you can follow up what you learned by visiting the Palace of Knosssos. You can buy a discounted ticket for the two for 10euro. 6 euro for the single. The bus was cheap but an interesting... More

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Budapest
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in arts and the antique world, this museum is a must. Great presentation of the artifacts, very logically built up, easy to follow the development of Crete. We spent about 2,5 hours there, enjoyed every minute. We bought combined tickets for the museum and for Knossos. When we bought them they said that it was valid... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

You must visit this Museum. It it easy to find, street signs along the way, and costs €6 per person. It is absolutely fantastic, showing artifacts from Neolithic times onwards. They house the most beautiful pottery, jewellery, sculptures, and Roman statues etc. We will go again. There is much to see and we spent 3 hours inside the Museum. There... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

This museum is truly excellent. I highly recommend stopping here before you see Knossos, the exhibitions are laid out chronologically with very helpful long informative signs. You really learn about the progression of Minoan civilization. They have some excellent pieces - both of historical significance and just general beauty. Highlights include the Kamares pottery and the really cool ancient board... More

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

As everyone agrees, this is an amazing display of the treasures from Knossos and other ancient sites on Crete. But as a museum display it is cold and uninviting. All exhibits are clearly described in their display cabinets, but the whole atmosphere lacks character and warmth. Even the attendants did not look as though they were interested, chatting amongst themselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

A great and a must see place to visit when you are in Crete. By visiting the museum and also passing by Knossos you really get a good grasp of what these people were, their civilization, their culture. You understand the real Cretan history! It has recently being renovated and the whole museum operates normally. They have done a fantastic... More

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Albuquerque
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

A fabulous collection that could have been better curated given all the modern techniques available for modern museums. We visited twice. Once on our own and once with a guide who covered the museum and the Knossos site. We spent a lot of time in the museum compared to the average 'tour' and enjoyed every moment. The collections are exceptional... More

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ATHENS HELLAS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is among the largest and most remarkable museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe. Its exhibits include representative samples from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering about 5500 years, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. Pride of place, however, the collections hold unique masterpieces of Minoan art, which... More

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