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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
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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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Not to be missed. Do combine it with a visit to the archaeological sight of Knossos from where the artifacts came. Much enjoyed by my family. Highly recommended. Excellent museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not to be missed. Do combine it with a visit to the archaeological sight of Knossos from where the artifacts came. Much enjoyed by my family. Highly recommended. Excellent museum.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This museum tell the whole story of Minoan civilization in a relatively compact setting. The displays and commentary are excellent.

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Sao paulo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing museum. Its collection is absolutely astonishing, placed in a beautiful and spaceful place.. Once you are there, take your time to see the collection without hurry. You will need at least 2 hours to appreciate it. But it's worth.

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Reno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We lived and worked in Heraklion for five years during the Seventies and were surprised and delighted to see how the museum collection has grown and improved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy archaeology and ancient history then you must not miss this museum. It's well structured, informative and has many important and amazing pieces. We spent two and a half hours there. It's great in the low season because there are no crowds. The staff are helpful and there is a cloak room. The cafeteria is closed in winter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to museum straight away after the place. We could not wait to see all the stuffs that we imagined in the palace. We got the combined tickets for palace and museum in the palace ticket booth (10euro) the tickets is valid for two days. But once you used the validity finished.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best 2 hours I spent in a museum. The gems of the Minoans include table games, their hieroglyphs, Aphrodite's statues, replica of the palace, frescoes there's no end... A truly admirable collection of exhibits. The scarves on sale are unique pieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a history buff, but being in Greece, seeing some of the archaeoligical sites, this museum has items from different areas of Greece, some that date back 6000 years. Photography is allowed in this museum which is great. The items on display are remarkable. I really wish I'd spent more time here, with a better understanding of Greek mythology... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you visit heraklion this museum is well worth a visit, the children will be inspired and amazed, and the adults learnt something new, there is also a simulator of an earthquake that you can sit on which gives you the same experience of different levels of quakes, also there is a guide who will show you how to use... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The overall feel is much more spacious and display and labelling is excellent. Fascinating early civilisations.

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