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Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Knossos Palace and Heraklion Town Private Half-Day Tour
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Knossos and Heraklion Day Tour from Rethimno
Ranked #1 of 85 things to do in Heraklion
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the ancient civilizations that once populated the island.
Reviewed April 29, 2013

...at 3pm on a Tuesday. Ridiculous.
Plenty of other frustrated and exasperated visitors at the door. A poor employee who came out to get on his scooter and go home was given an earful by the gathered crowd.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

A natural pairing with the Knossos and Phaistos archaeological sites as the artifacts from these sites are displayed here including tablets with the Linear A script from Minoan peoples. Keep your ticket from Knossos to gain admission here.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We first found a part of the museum that has free admission, with sculpture and frescoes, and the attendant didn't really direct us to the remainder of the museum, on the opposite side of the building. So we were fortunate to find the "main" exhibits, which are amazing, including the famous Phaistos Disk and wonderful ceramics, jewelry, fresco fragments, etc. Though these artifacts would be excellent to see at any time, we appreciated seeing them before our visits to the Minoan sites of Knossos, Phaistos, etc.
Alas, a tour group with a very loud guide marred everyone else's visit, and we wish the museum would limit such groups to the use of microphone/headphone guiding.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

I really liked the frescoes and the artefacts in the main building though it is not well signposted and very few people stemmed to realise that the frescoes were upstairs in the main building. The temporary exhibition was excellent but in a small space and very overcrowded.

3  Thank Lyndall S
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

The museum is situated at the end of the main square, and up a very steep road from the bus station ( If you have small children, or elderly or disabled people in your family, -- take a taxi to the museum.) It was still being renovated when we were there, so hopefully will be opened this summer. We have visited it on many occasions, and our children ( who are now adults), have always loved it. Along with the fabulous ceramics, there are beautiful examples of coins and jewellery, statuary, sarcophagi, frescoes,and traditional crafts, The famous golden bee from Malia palace, is housed in the museum, as are many other recogniseable pieces, such as the FIence figure, and the acrobat with the bull figurine. There is a little garden to the side of the museum, and a nice shaded area .Opposite the museum are plenty of little tavernas, and then the main shopping area of Heraklion, with the covered market. The museum is near two very good hotels, if you are looking to stay somewhere central.- The Megaron is on the steep road up to the museum, and The Capsis Astoria is a stone's throw fron the museum, right on the square.

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