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Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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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 October 1, 2013

Great display of artifacts, with detailed descriptions. A visit here really prepared us for our visit to Akritori on Santorini.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

The Museum really needs to install a audio system so that you can understand what exhibits one is looking at. Lots of different periods of the Island's history but we would have benefitted from a tour guide. Buy a ticket here to include entrance to Knossos if u plan on going as it is cheaper to get it for both then separately.

Thank hflatt
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This museum is really stupendous. We have visited a few years ago, but once it was under rehabilitation, the other time was partially opened, but now we could visit all except the sculptures collection. it is impressive, how it is organized each room. You feel like living at that time and being a part of that civilization.

What to say about the Minoan civilization?! A 5000 years ago civilization. You remain speak less when seeing the discoveries, and, as however the mind makes comparisons with our nowadays civilization, you realize not too many developments were made (of course except computers, communications.... but also here I started to have doubts: see the Festos encrypted disc with an unknown language- does it not look like a CD? The Minoans built for the first time palaces with several floors, 4000-5000 years ago they painted frescoes on walls (although the word comes from Middle Ages in Italy). As regards arts, aesthetics nothing change just look at the jeweleries or statues in the museum.
Well, the best is to go there and visit the museum and after that go to Knossos and Festos (Phaistos), also to Gortis (where is the oldest code of laws in Europe from ancient Greece).
In the end we thank the museum staff and archeologists for the well organizing of the museum and encourage them not to stop and try to discover more and more, because finally all is about our Europe.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

I visited the Archeological Museum right after visiting the Archeological Site of Knossos (which is how it's usually done by groups with a guide, but I wasn't with a guide) and it just completed everything I saw at the archeological site and gave me a big, clear picture about the amazing Minoan civilization, which helped me appreciate Crete during the rest of my stay and understand it more. The things they display at the museum at just breathtaking - coins, frescoes, jewelry, mosaics, it was all so amazing and informative.
I highly recommend visiting the museum, especially after visiting Knossos.

Thank Elinora18
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Perhaps the closure of the Museum on the 26th Sept was just for that day? (There are on-going strikes in Crete at the moment, or perhaps they were re-furbishing the collections). We visited it on 18th Sept and it was fully open (with just the sculptures gallery closed). There are now 8 galleries upstairs, linked by corridors, covering the Neolithic, Bronze Age (pre-Palatial, proto-Palatial, neo-Palatial and post-Palatial periods) and Geometric, Archaic and Classical periods. For those of us who remember the original Museum before it closed in 2007 and the Temporary Exhibition created, the new layout is a big disappointment. Formerly 14 of the 20 rooms (70%)were devoted to the Minoan & Mycenean periods, with a wealth of exhibits and iconography from those cultures. Now the flowering of this civilisation is restricted to only 2 galleries (25%), one given over to the frescoes, and one only for the whole of the Neolithic & Bronze Age periods. It appears that the Temporary Exhibition has just been transferred into this one gallery, so there are hundreds of artifacts and objects that were in the original Museum that have been left in storage. If you've never seen the material before, it's still worth a visit. But to us it felt like a huge loss of rich material.

1  Thank 2Crabbers
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