Kotsanas Museum

Kotsanas Museum, Heraklion: Hours, Address, Kotsanas Museum Reviews: 5/5

Kotsanas Museum
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Science Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A Venetian building of 15th century, in the historical center of Heraklion housing a relatively unknown aspect of Ancient Greek culture through the exhibition “Hi-Tech Inventions of Ancient Greeks”. Come along on a guided and virtual tour of an exceptional selection of unique inventions of the Ancient Greeks. Discover that their technology, just before the end of the ancient World, was extremely similar to the beginning of our modern technology.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Lin
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One of the best museums I've been to!
Jun 2021 • Solo
Would definitely recommend a visit! The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, giving fascinating presentations of some of the inventions from ancient times. The exhibition is well designed: interesting models and their way of functioning are explained in english and greek, as well as their demonstration being shown on a screen. It's incredible thinking about how all those things, like autonomously moving and wine pouring robot-servants were already being built such a long time ago! If you're interested in how things around you work and how the origins of those mechanisms were invented long ago, you'll definitely have a great time here ;)
Written June 13, 2021
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Musa Éden
2 contributions
Amazing!
Apr 2021 • Solo
Amazing museum, full of such an intersting&important knowledge. Great both for kids and adults. Thomas, the manager, was happy to answer any question i had. He was so friendly and even gave me some great recommences! Had a great time
Written May 30, 2021
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Martin Conraux
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
A must, for any tourist interested in Greek history
Oct 2020
We entered this small museum in between two storms, and we must say it’s well deserving its ranking.

You’ll see replicas from all the documented eras of the Greek history, many fun inventions share the room with military tools and weapons.

Bonus point for the religious scam machines, ingenious ways to make people believe in signals :)

The team is nice and it’s not too crowded too, which helps !
Written October 21, 2020
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Simon
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Ancient technology which will impress you!
Sep 2020
I did a spontaneous visit. I just followed the signs which were on the streets and was really surprised! It is a small museum, so you can take your time and look at all the exhibits in detail. It's each a rebuild model of the ancient technology (boats, military, hydraulic, board games, etc.) with some information about origin, techniques and usage. It's really impressing when you consider that most of the shown technologies are 2500 years old or even older.
The staff was super friendly and since you weren't allowed to touch anything because of hygiene measures, they even showed me some of the exhibits in action. Since you can't try them you own, each exhibits has a small video which will explain everything.
Worth seeing!
Written September 19, 2020
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dasreiseteam
Bad Pyrmont, Germany1,306 contributions
Small but a real gem!
Sep 2020
This is such a stunning and fun place! It really shows what great inventors the ancient Greeks have been. Part of every exhibit is a model which makes it clear to understand the function of the particular item. There was also a young man at hand who explained and demonstrated some of the functions. It doesn't take too long to go through but it's definitely worth visiting.
Written September 7, 2020
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yaroslavadombrovska
Marseille, France23 contributions
Interesting for all ages
Aug 2020 • Family
Very interesting museum for kids and adults. So many facts about things we use in our everyday life not knowing their deep roots.

This museum is not big but full of artifacts. Our kids stopped for a break at the cosy bar on second floor and a terrace. The staff was so nice to offer us few puzzles to play with.

What is amazing that all the mechanisms are "alive". You can see them working. Then you have two or three staff members who explain everything. Or buy a book (what we did).
Written August 24, 2020
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masmavi
Groningen, The Netherlands5 contributions
Fascinating gem of a museum
Aug 2020
This wonderful museum contained all sorts of recreations of ingenious inventions of the ancient Greeks, including robots, "magic" fountains, and early telegraph systems. Everything was very well explained in English and Greek, and the guide gave a great demonstration of several of the inventions at the beginning. When I went, I was the only visitor in the whole place, which, while nice for me, was really a shame since the museum was so interesting!
Written August 16, 2020
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matzemat
Berlin, Germany41 contributions
One of the best guided tours in a museum!
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you have at least small english-knowledge, get the guided tour through the museum! The guide shows in some experiments and with a huge knowledge about physics and history, how Pythagoras and his colleagues have invented some of the greatest inventions of all times. Tour estimated 1hr plus questions and discussions, but plan 1hr more to get to know all the rest of the exhibits and try out all the inventions!
Written August 15, 2020
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Da Mo
Ipswich, UK34 contributions
Go if you can
Aug 2020
Wandered into this museum - also known as the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology - on the basis of it's nomination for the 2019 European Museum of the Year. We were pleasantly surprised. From the initial demonstration by the staff through to the exhibits, café and gift shop it was a nice experience. Without Covid and more interactivity this could be an amazing museum experience.
Written August 14, 2020
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Magda W
Piaseczno, Poland37 contributions
Fascinating place.
Aug 2020 • Family
I cannot decide- who was more impressed: me or teens. Faboulous, helpful staff. Inventions from thousnds years B.C. were stunningly smart, and made me realise how great the antient greece actually was. It wasnt only theatre and philosophy, as the school taught us, but also many innovative ideas to make everyday problems easier for them.
Written August 11, 2020
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