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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Address: Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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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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A Must to Visit...Incomparable

I can't put into words the quality of the exhibits, the beauty and wide range of the displays and the general curatorial care shown in this wonderful museum. I only had a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Northampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can't put into words the quality of the exhibits, the beauty and wide range of the displays and the general curatorial care shown in this wonderful museum. I only had a few hours to spend on an extensive coverage of Crete and Santorini. I could have spent weeks there. The staff were careful to ensure visitors behaved appropriately and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best choice for a detailed tour in Minoan civilisation, one of the very first european civilisations. The museum was recently renovated and it acquired a modern and much more informative character. Highly recommended especially in combination with a visit to Knossos archeological site.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's not huge, but what it has is impressive. The Minoan artifacts complement a visit to Knossos perfectly. They have the Phaistos Disk, the snake goddesses, and the frescoes from Knossos. It's all well done and you easily follow a chronological path. You must go here!

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Halmstad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Here you can find Minoan Collections which make it possible to understand how people once lived in Knossos and in the Early Bronze Age on Crete. But the collections have much more to show in all together 27 rooms

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Lunen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the outside, i looks big but I was amazed how many artifacts are there. Everything is well arranged and easy to understand. children wasn't very excited with all the hings but some made even them to look without blinking. If you find yourself near or in Heraklion, just go there. And one small tip. Buy tickets for this museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum was very interesting but we soon got bored walking round looking at pots and pans, the place was full of idiots that wanted to take pictures of every single item on display so we had a swift walk round then went to explore Heraclion instead.

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found it to be one of the most interesting museums, that represents both Greece as well as the cultural heritage of the Cretans. Renovated recently Heraklion Archaeological Museum is without doubt one of the msot worth visiting sights on the island of Crete

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

i was amazed. visit this museum please. you will be lost in time. Artefacts come from Knossos palace. This is one of best museums on world.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was amazed by the amount of artifacts on display - well worth a look. The display is in great condition and well presented. If you buy an all inclusive ticket at Knosos then the museum is only $1.00.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum has such a wonderful collection of pottery, ceramics, metalwork, bronze, gold, frescoes etc over such a vast time span, it's a little overwhelming in a very good way! I would recommend that at least a full two hours is allocated and probably a bit more especially if like me you like to take alot of photographs. I had... More 

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