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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  • August 17, 2017
    Good Museum, with many made explanations. The collection is impressive, we stayed there 2 h surroundings. We follow chronologically rooms, which facilitates understanding. Small -: we went there during a busy day, therefore the Museum was full and groups take up space, what makes that they place themselves in front of you when you read a sign or that you take a picture of an object. A little bit more respect would have been welcome. I recommend with the ticket coupled with the ruins of Knossos, good value (€16 2 for an adult).
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very beautiful pieces of Minoan, very well highlighted. The content of the interactive screens are interesting particularly to explain to children. The second floor is less interesting: Greek and Roman collections being less provided. While we have visited in the month of August, we not waited and took advantage of the visit without crowds in front of the windows.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Heraklion must... a bit disappointing. Shows are not staged, guards shout to be quiet (!) and the photos are virtually banned. A few beautiful pieces... and the modest sum price.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Very modern museum building, purpose built with air conditioning, a shop and a cafe. Some amazing Minoan artefacts discovered at the Knossos palace, now on display in protective cabinets. I particularly liked the games board found near the King's rooms. Also, it was great to see some of the iconic Minoan graphics on many of the display pieces and jewellery. Note that flash photography is not allowed and some areas do not allow any photography at all. A combined ticket (museum and Knossos site) costs €16 for an adult. Well worth it! Best time to visit is late afternoon once all the cruise ship coach parties have left. We started at the museum at 4pm, and left at 5.30 to be at the Knossos site for 6pm (it closes at 8pm - August visit). Absolutely no problems with the timings. No large crowds at either location and the sun was then low enough so as not to burn when looking round the archaeological site too, which also has a shop and a cafe bar. Plenty of souvenir shops opposite the main entrance. Plenty of free parking at/near both sites It's a 'must-see' if you are on Crete. 😁
  • July 7, 2017
    Amazing museum showcasing the history of Minoan culture and how advanced they were even at that point of time. They do very intricate items such as seals, jewellery etc. recently refurbished, it now comes with air conditioning and two floors of exhibits, guided with detailed English explanations. Worthwhile to spend an hour or so here since it's right at city centre
  • August 20, 2017
    One of the main tourist attractions on the island and going through it shows why. Very informative and wonderful displays. You can get a guide to take you through, the only downside was there is no audio tour.
  • June 27, 2017
    Beautiful museum airconditioned which gives you some relief from the heat outside. Plenty of sitting areas inside to rest up need to allow 1.5 hrs to see all, as there are 2 floors of exhibits. Highly recommend buying a 2 exhibits ticket which is an extra Euro to see the Palace of Knossos getting there will cost you 10euros taxi one way. Enjoy.
  • July 8, 2017
    Amazing exhibits that cover thousands of years. You need hours to enjoy everything but it's worth it. It's also refreshing to see that there are still some museums in the world that let you exit without passing through the gift shop!

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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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