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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Address: Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
Phone Number: (+30) 281 027 9000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with...

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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Splendid collection of Minoan relics

This really needs to be viewed as part two of a visit to Knossos, to get the full perspective. We visited Knossos in 2013 and again in this year. This time we followed the Palace... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This really needs to be viewed as part two of a visit to Knossos, to get the full perspective. We visited Knossos in 2013 and again in this year. This time we followed the Palace visit with a museum trip. Absolutely brilliant! Don't get me wrong, this is a stunning small museum, in its own right, but what you get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have visited Knossos, you must visit this museum, where you can see a lot of the original things from Knossos. If you have just a little historical interest, you will find it excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After visiting disappointing Knossos, the museum restored our faith. Not to be missed. Some amazing historical artefacts, well presented. Give yourself a couple of hours to take everything in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was nice and quick little stop and the start to our day. It's very clean and has a wonderful layout. I mean it's a museum so if you have seen one you understand. The really cool thing about the place is all the stuff come from local sights. I'm not sure any other museums can say that. It shouldn't... More 

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Luxemburg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No other museum can boast that nearly all its exhibits come from nearby locations. Most of the exhibits depict the first European civilisation (5000 years old). Have been going for years and never had enough. Please notice items relating to women. Also household items. The museum had been closed for many years for restoration of the building and I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous display of Minoan exhibits, all with excellent information (in English & Greek). Very well organized. [Previous negative reviews must refer to earlier temporary exhibits; those reviews are now outdated.] Cannot imagine seeing Knossos and not visiting this museum (indeed, if only time for one, go to the museum!).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we only spent a couple hours here but i'm glad i got to see it. at this point in the trip i was museum'ed out but enjoyed the tools and other accessories related to burial rites. there are multiple levels in the museum so if this is your thing carve out a few hours. there are tons of shops and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second trip to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This time our small group was guided by the two archeologists who had accompanied us to the Minoan sites all around Crete.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum which presents the Minoan remains of Knossos and Crete in excellent surroundings. The museum is well laid out, items are clearly labelled in Greek and English. The artefacts are outstanding. Not to be missed if you are interested in archaeology or just want to marvel at the skills of a people who lived 1000s of years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I normally avoid museums and just visit archaelogical sites when on holiday. However, I had read that this was a good museum - and it is. The building is modern and the exhibits are well presented. It really gave me an idea of what the Minoan civilisation was capable of, I was much more impressed by the museum than the... More 

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