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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  • PLEASE READ Such a wonderful museum although the workers treat you like actual trash. Went in today 36 degree weather, wearing a cropped vest because I get overheated very easily. Soon as I stepped....  more
    PLEASE READ Such a wonderful museum although the workers treat you like actual trash. Went in today 36 degree weather, wearing a cropped vest because I get overheated very easily. Soon as I stepped....  more »
  • lots of things to see. good to visit after knossos. Vases and other artifacts were amazing and in such good condition for age. 
    lots of things to see. good to visit after knossos. Vases and other artifacts were amazing and in such good condition for age.  more »
  • One of the best museums I've been to (as a history nerd I have visited a lot over the years). Very well presented and organised displays with detailed information. The subtle design of the place and.....  more
    One of the best museums I've been to (as a history nerd I have visited a lot over the years). Very well presented and organised displays with detailed information. The subtle design of the place and.....  more »
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  • Great museum with many nice displays showing how the Minoan civilization developed through the 1500 years of existence. We liked the many information boards which gave us ample opportunity to read the Minoan story like a book. We had to wait a bit before being admitted. The coffee shop has nice coffees and good shadowy places to sit.
  • For history and archeology geeks, it’s a must visit place, obviously 🙄 Tons of pottery, jewelry, weapons, sculptures… The exhibit covered several thousands of years from Neolithic period all the way to Venetian artifacts. The ticket is 12 euros, definitely worth a while. You will be there for about two hours. Bring water with you 😉 and when you are done check out one of many restaurants around the museum. We have been to the place called “corner” next to Venetian Loggia.
  • Impressive collection, beautiful display, and helpful interpretative text. Don’t go in the last hour before they close or you’ll get kicked out early like we did. 10 minutes before close they were turning off the lights while we were in the galleries and they wouldn’t let us look in the final gallery. The entire staff was waiting by the door with their coats chatting and ready to get off work. I’ve never experienced this at a museum anywhere in the world so I found it surprising and a bit rude.
  • So someone who is invested and interested in Archeology, this is a great place to visit. For myself, it all starts to look the same after a whole. I recommend going at opening because there was a short 15 minute wait time, and the line after us just kept growing. The staff was on the ball for social distancing before getting into the museum, but once in the museum, it was basically a free for all.
  • This museum was really nice to visit and see all of the rich history of Crete and so many artifacts that they have. We were hoping for a little big more of the marble statues we all knownof when you think of Greek History BUT they had some much to offer about all the local sites. So I'd definitely recommend to go visit them first and then come here.

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