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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Excellent museum. It is supplementary to the Knossos Palace site. You can pay 16 Euros (Sept. 2017) and visit both sites, which is a great deal since the price difference between a regular visit to one site and the visit to both sites is just 1 Euro. In addition, the time limitation to use the single ticket for both sites is 3 days! Hence, you can enjoy both sites at your own time and pace. Bottom line, it is a MUST VISIT
  • If you are a history buff then this is the place for you! However if you are not then do not bother as the museum content is a bit dry. Got the measure if the place when only in the first room of the visit we were told by a guide we had to be quiet. Also the tour guides tend to encourage you to move if you are even slightly in their way. In general it is quite a boring walk around as just lots and lots of reconstructed pottery bowls, pottery urns, pottery tubs, etc. Good floor mosaics on the first floor and coins used/found on the island proved interesting. Also the history of the museum and the reason for the style of the current building quite informative on PowerPoint demo. The entry cost to the museum is 10 euros adult fee and they do offer the use of a tour guide for a 1.5 hour tour around the place. Air con good so not too uncomfortable when walking around. I will not be visiting this place again. Once was quite enough for me!
  • Very informative museum with a lot of artifacts. You can spend an hour to two here. I don't like the security or workers there watching over so closely. Also also spraying the glasses to clean just right in front of you when you reading and going through..
  • Boring as hell. You know the history. You have been to Knossos. Vases, vases, vases. Also, staff is unhelpful, bored and there just to watch your every move like you're 10. I kind of understand, since it is probably the most boring job in the island.
  • 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. 😁

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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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