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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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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I think that it is better visiting the museum prior to going to Knossos palace. It is not to big but very interesting. I would recommend everybody to take a guide and to read about the minoan period in order to understand and appreciate the visit.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum with probably the oldest artifacts you will ever see. Well organized with written information about each piece. Nice and cool. Good café and loos. Best to go here than Knossos Palace really, if you have to choose.

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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I understand that the museum is recently re-opened and the displays of artifacts such as pottery, jewellery, swords and statues are well presented. I don't think it matters whether you go the museum before or after visitng Knosses but the two places complement themselves very well. Worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Didn't dislike anything about this museum and was laid out well to follow through history. There was a lot to see that was not at Knossos.

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Great museum a bit repetitive maybe not necessary to try and see all the little and bigger pieces of dishes try and see the best and the rest faster ? Loved it worth it if you have the time ..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is definitely a place to visit right after Knoss palace! It has all original peaces of Knoss that had been excavated on the archeological sight. It is amazing. Just amazing - a great collection and, one of the best things - the model of Knoss palace as it would be still "alive". But, as all big historical places, it... More

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Fulshear, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed going here after visiting here after visiting the Palace of Knossos! We purchased our ticket at the ruins to cover both the ruins and museum for a cost of 20 euros. The museum has a lot of artifacts from all over Crete and mainly Cemetery artifacts! But certainly over a large time period. Don't forget to go upstairs... More

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Dhaka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Large museum full of a lot of artefacts and chronologically detailing about the various civilizations that inhabited Crete and rest of Greece

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you like ancient history, your visit to Crete will be incomplete without this museum. Nearly all of the finds from numerous archeological sites in Crete are displayed here. You will not find any of that at the sites themselves, only the ruins.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Recently re-newed it's a cultural oasis in the middle of the caotic city of Heraklion. I really appreciated the way the relics are shown, the quality of the relics and even the spaces. If you are interested, It's possible to buy a single ticket to visit both the museum and Cnossos

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