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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Heraklion holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is a fantastic museum with very good explanations on the rich greek history. I loved it because of the nice pieces on display, but also because it is just the right size.... You see a lot of nice t...  more »
  • Life experience ... a unique journey into the past! For me along with the National Archaeological Museum of the two top of Greece!
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  • Excellent organize wonderful tour worth visiting the halls is chronologically formatted rich in exhibits and excellent explanations
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  • An absolutely amazing museum, packed with artefacts. Extremely well laid out and lit and with copious amounts of information on the rise and fall of Minoan culture in both Greek and English. You could easily spend a day in here or, better still visit it twice as there is so much information to absorb my poor old brain became saturated after 3 hours!
  • Worth a look. Don't buy from your holiday rep get the bus and go so much cheaper €16 adult 12yrs and under free OAP and students €8 and that price will get you in here and Knossos Palace. We got our ticket at the museum, it was much faster then paid €10 for a guide at the Palace she was very good.
  • Do you like pots? Well have I got the place for you... This pot palace contained a plethora of pots. All different shapes and sizes. Pots to the left and pots to the right. Pots. Not to mention the bowls that looked a lot like pots. There were dishes that looked like bowls that looked like pots. As well as all this, there were pots. Had to give it 2 pots out of 5 as if there was anything actually interesting or decent, you couldn't take a photo of it as it hadn't been documented yet or some bs. Get your crap together so that I may take photos and deliver the news to the humble people back home. Severely disaPOinTed.
  • You must come there and see the miniature model of Knossos palace from woodwork. That is amazing! Nothing can come close to that in Knossos on the real place (palace :) ehh?). Other stuffs are quite boring but graps everything from jewellery to statues including but not limiting to knives, religion, swords, daily life.
  • Beautiful and modern museum. Exhibits are beautiful, well desribed and organized in a way that keeps your interest. Don't forget to visit the last room on the right across from the museum shop. The open floor layout is great.