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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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Copenhagen
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65 reviews 65 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Took me ages to find a parking spot nearby, but it was worth the wait and walk in the scorching heat afterwards: If you are a history buff like me, this exhibition og Cretan development and culture is absolutely essential! Great displays of pottery, jewelry coins and typefaces fonts(!) More than 4000+ years old are simply amazing. Optimum would be... More

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Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Well set out museum with plenty of staff on hand to explain anything you need more information on. Most impressive display of wall paintings from the Minoan era - really interesting

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Stockholm, Sweden
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It has been closed for 7 years, but recently opened again. Huge collection of artifacts found at Knossos and other places. Amazing stuff people did already 1500 BC. Good combo to Knossos (10€ combo) and then you are surely done for the day

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Paris, France
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This collection is just amazing - some beautiful pieces on display. My only complaint would be that there is a lack of clear description of many of the artefacts.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Museum is very focused on the Minoan culture, but it has the best examples of that culture that are available. Wish that more of the frescoes had survived, but loved what was found. Some decent Roman displays, also, but go for the Minoan! The museum is new and there are still some empty rooms that hopefully will have displays before... More

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Montréal
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Not a big museum, but a very interesting addition after you visited the site of Knossos. Takes less than an hour. Located in the center of Héraklion.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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39 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A wonderful museum, full of amazing artifacts (including the famous Phaistos Disc). Go inside and marvel at all the incredible things on display. I was extremely pleased to see some of the most well known archeological finds close-up. I would highly recommend the visit! Don't go home without seeing it - you will be sorry!

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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you are visiting the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion Crete don't miss the recently reopened archaeological museum located few miles south east in the city. The quality of the large collection of artifacts and frescoes is amazing and probably the best in the world. Excellent for children (who will be impressed by the jumping on a bull sport!). Not... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Wonderful prehistoric collection beautifully displayed. The ceramics, seals, jewellery and of course the wall paintings from Knossos were very memorable. We were so lucky that we were in Heraklion after the new museum opened.

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Prairieville
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum is spectacular both in terms of the artifacts displayed and the layout. Allow plenty of time here as there is so much worth close inspection.

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