Kotsanas Museum
Kotsanas Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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  • Jamie Lakes
    Denver, Colorado50 contributions
    Very educational - thank you Thomas and Kiki
    What a fascinating new little museum with video presentations of how the ancient machines operated, what they were used for, and the staff Thomas and Kiki also provided hands-on demonstrations. It only takes about 90 minutes for a walk through and then to grab a coffee upstairs, and well worth the time and the small entry fee. Thank you Thomas and Kiki for such a fun and educational experience and you have motivated us to do further reading into ancient technology, and its use.
    Written September 5, 2022
  • Hippocleides
    London, United Kingdom136 contributions
    Not to be missed
    This is a new museum which is easily missed. It is devoted to ancient Greek technology and shows the skill and inventiveness of the Greeks by means of superb working models. These range from the earliest example of a coin operated drinks dispenser to hydraulically animated automata. There is an explanation of the world’s first computer (the Antikythera calculations mechanism); a wide display of tools and clever devices. You could spend hours marvelling at the displays and then when you’ve seen enough you can relax in the peaceful roof garden and café.
    Written November 17, 2022
  • Vicky596
    Bonn, Germany78 contributions
    Small and funny museum in the heart of Heraklion
    It presents the technologies ancient Greeks used for every day life. The staff is very nice and explains the functioning of some tools in a very interesting way by means of small "experiments". It is a place where I could spend hours looking at all the explanatory videos or simply playing the ancient board games they have in the upper floor. I highly recommend a visit!!
    Written July 18, 2022
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ElenaBarkova
6 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It is very interesting museum! On the beginig of the tour museum guide shown us the principles of work some of the inventions. All of exhibits have their video explanations. In addition, any time you can call a guide and she will explain if smth is unclear. It is amazing what scientific inventions existed in the time BC! The female robot and the water alarm clock impressed me the most! I recommend for sure
Written September 28, 2021
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Dr J
Cheshire, CT88 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This technology museum examines many of the creations in physics, hydraulics, computers, robotics, games, warfare and many other areas discovered by the Ancient Greeks. It is so interesting to see the origins of “how things are done!” It is a must to see for all visiting the city of Heraklion. Jay
Written September 26, 2022
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Sukie T
15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
[FR] Un musée très intéressant, on y découvre des inventions anciennes déjà très sophistiquées ! Le staff du musée sont très gentilles et avenantes. C'est également un beau petit musée avec un étage avec des explications claires (en grec et en anglais) grâce aux vidéos. Il y a une démonstration pour une invention et également une possibilité de tester un jeu avec la guide du musée.
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[ENG] An Interesting museum, we can discover ancient inventions very amazing from the ancient Greece ! The staff of guides are kind and benevolent ! It's a beautiful small museum when you can go up to see more. The explanations are clears with videos (greek and english). We can see a demonstration from the guide and also try a game with them. It's a very nice museum and there a warmful welcome °ʚ(*´꒳`*)ɞ°
Written July 16, 2022
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Peter H
Newport, UK334 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited after stumbling across this museum on our way to another museum. The staff are fantastic, really informative, educational and the demonstrations are great and bring the museum to life. Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 10, 2022
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Bergie
4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
2000 years ago the greeks had already a robot that gave them wine. You also learn how piramides and catapults are build/work. And many more. Really great. Visit was with kids 5 and 7 years old. They loved it! Via video's there were instructions and some things they could try themselfs. Upstairs were ancient smart games to play with. We bought one and are playing it a lot! Also the personel was really plesant!
Written July 19, 2022
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Lin
1 contribution
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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masmavi
Groningen, The Netherlands5 contributions
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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antvol81
Lviv, Ukraine2 contributions
Sep 2021
The museum is small bur really informative. I was really surprised by female cupbearer robot of Ancient Greece who was capable not only bring you wine but also to play flute simultaneously. The owner of the museum also told us about ancient Greek board games. I recommend everyone to visit this place )))
Written September 28, 2021
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853Tom
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States47 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a fantastic museum. It's small but perfectly laid out. Each exhibit is presented in a very clear and concise manner. The technology is easy to understand. But, not only do they have a great museum, the two staff members who gave presentations both did a terrific job. So, cruisers, follow the yellow line from the port to the town and then just a couple of blocks to this museum. A few Euros to get in (we might have gotten an off-season price) and you definitely get your money's worth.
Written November 20, 2021
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Simon
1 contribution
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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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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