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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the ancient civilizations that once populated the island.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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All reviews on display minoan artefacts chronological order amazing collection two floors combined ticket first floor the ground floor visiting knossos air conditioned archaeological museum bronze age two hours knossos site couple of hours cretan history exhibits
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Allow plenty of time to read, gaze, wander and reflect on the magnificent collection of Cretan artefacts, many from Knossos, assembled in this one place, from long ago! One has to marvel at the ingenuity, creativity, sophistication, hard work, training, loveliness and beauty of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great collection of objects from Minoan sites, sorted chronologically and supported by informative boards and interactive screens. Most exhibited items are ceramics but the styles and uses are so varied that it would be hard to get bored. You can also learn about the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice museum, but have a guide! My second time here, and there is hard to understand stories and stuff just by looking!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jannicel2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

The numerous findings from the Palace of Knossos such as art, pottery, vessels, figurines, and the original wall-paintings, are all housed in Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. This museum contains the most important Minoan collection.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ankanyi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Minimum 2 hours to enjoy it. Best sight in town. Indoor, fully air conditioning during summer. I was thrilled by the golden ring of King Minos. Ideal to be combined with shopping. There is combined ticket with Knossos Palace which is 5km south of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent presentation of artifacts of vases, statues, jewellery that have been dated 2000 and 3000 BC. Makes you realise there was a well ordered civilisation that the Greeks of today feel in their DNA. I felt that this was much more enlightening than Knossos....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just of off the large central square is the museum which costs 16 per adult for a three day ticket including Knossos The museum is firstly well laid out in date order and colour coded so easy to walk through However what is more interesting...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly unique pieces to Crete. Quite a bit of history here so ensure you have at least an hour or two to visit. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mv948
Reviewed February 16, 2019

The museum is quite small but very interesting and well presented ! I much more appreciated that place to the Cnossos Palace and I really felt here the importance of the civilization presented there. Definiticely the place to see in Heraklion !

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank levmarc1
Reviewed February 13, 2019

It is definitely essential, not only for the fans of history tourism to pay a visit to this museum, since it its expedition includes the most significant parts of Greek history and especially the Minoan culture 2500 years BC.One disadvantage is that auto guide is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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September 28, 2018|
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Response from Jacquelyn H | Reviewed this property |
At Knossos, you can hire a guide. An 80 euro fee(I think) gets you a guide. S/he will take up to 4 people of 1 language. These are mostly bachelor to master's prepared historians or archaeologists, very well versed in the... More
September 27, 2018|
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Response from SevenoaksSinjun | Reviewed this property |
Hi, when we visited in mid-September we had no queues at either the Museum or Knossos. In fact, both were comfortably quiet.
September 27, 2018|
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Response from Derek W | Reviewed this property |
We went the third week in September and the lines are very minimal if you are there by 9 - 9:30. Once the buses started coming into Knossos there were certainly 15 min. lines to see the palace chambers.