Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion

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A vanished culture comes alive at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which holds the remains of the 3,000-year-old Minoan civilization. The museum's famous collection of artifacts spans more than five millennia, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum's twenty rooms display the most important and representative finds uncovered at several different excavation sites on Crete, including an enigmatic clay disc from the second millennium BCE. Its meaning and purpose have been disputed since its discovery in 1908; the disc remains one of archaeology's most famous unresolved mysteries. For a better understanding of the lost culture represented here, opt for a guided tour of the collection plus a visit to the archaeological sites near the city. Plan a trip to Heraklion easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Be sure to visit. An amazing collection. The only really miss her more interktivnih sadzaja that'd be easier got closer to the history of the island. It all comes down mainly to a Panel in addition to the exhibits. Introduction of renting an audio guide would be a great thing.
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  • The museum plan is clear, bathrooms making us forward in time little by little. The exhibits are exceptional to understanding prehistory and antiquity Cretan. Had heard us from 1:30 to 2 hours to do, and even 2 to 3 hours. We eventually stayed there for 4 hours.
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  • Wow, took note in conjunction with the Palace of knosos, you save €15. The visit is, many many exhibits. Very well laid out and locoli great.
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  • Got there early to beat the rush and the heat. Had a Greek guide Marina who spoke excellent English and really knew her stuff. She made it all come so alive. Without a guide it wouldn't have meant so much. Also excellent fresh orange juice at the cafe afterwards. Also good buses to and from Knossos from Heraklion centre.
  • No visitor to Crete should miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent museum in the city center. This is where treasures of the Minoan, Greek, Roman, and Venetian eras are housed for posterity. As an amateur Minoan Civilization buff, I can tell you I was even surprised at the extent of the artifacts housed in this modern hall. The famous Phaistos Disc is here, the real Bull Dance Fresco, the sarcophaguses, and the unbelievable gold, bronze, and ceramic creations of Europe's first great civilization are priceless memories you'll take with you. Superb!
  • Fascinating place, the quality of the exhibits is extraordinary. A visit is a must, especially if you've been to Knossos as it has far more understanding to the significance of the site. Be patient - there are a lot of guided tours and you may find yourself waiting for these to pass by some of the exhibits.
  • One of the stunning museums of Greece. Highly imaginative reconstructions of frescoes from Minoan sites and a treasure trove of pottery. Don’t miss the evidence of the efflorescence of creativity in the Kamari-ware period. An explosion of creative freedom.
  • If you go to Knossos first and buy the 16€ ticket it grants you free access to this museum. It's quite the money saver. The museum isn't very big and can be seen in approximately 2h time. The Phaistos Stone is there to be seen. Absolutely worth it.
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