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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  • A large and well presented museum. Even if old ceramic as are not your cup of tea it is worth a visit. Information is clearly displayed, the nicest pieces are put forward and there is a lot to admire....  more »
  • No many comments for this outstanding museum.All the Minoan civilization in a very friendly building with nice and fresh garden.One day in museum and the next in Knossos palace...  more »
  • Nice museum, particularly for ancient history bluffs. Enjoyed the bull leaping artifacts. 10 euro entry.  more »
  • This was a surprisingly extensive collection of beautiful ceramics and other objects (but ceramics make the majority). Very interesting and informative. If you are interested in history, you’ll enjoy this museum. The ground floor alone took us almost 2 hours to go though. They also have a cloakroom, so you don’t have to carry your stuff around the whole time. I am not giving 5* because the second floor was closed when we visited and some of the text was impossible to read because some letters fell off, they should really fix it.
  • The most amazing museum I've ever been to. The amount of items and their almost "as new" state are unbelievable. The creativeness of ancient Greeks is mind blowing. Tickets are cheap enough and the case much worth supporting - these are only few of the many reasons to pay this wonderful place a visit.
  • A truly unique piece of heritage. A fantastic tour guide made this place come alive. Well worth a visit to all in the area; one note. Take your own food and drink. The internal prices are ludicrous.
  • One of the best museums in Greece! I have been there four times trying to be more prepared before. Amazing artifacts from different periods in Crete, from Prehistoric and Minoan to Roman. There’s also a very impressive section, the Cycladic. People with wheelchair can also feel comfortable.
  • Impossible to say which is the greatest human civilization of all time but pretty sure the Minoan stands out as one of the very advanced and impressive ever existed ! That said i would expect nothing less than the best facilities. An expectation i never met in the greek museum. And something for the staff and the visitors! For God's sake a museum isn't a playground for you and your children. Stay quiet ! This also applies to the people working there who were at times noisy and annoying keeping themselves busy with loud conversations to each other

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