Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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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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  • Was amazing seeing all the remains that had been dug out of the site we visited earlier that day. Only paid an additional euro at Knosos in order to visit the museum. Only thing that annoyed us was th...  read more »
  • To integrate what we've seen in the archaeological sites of Crete is a must visit this amazing Museum, which lies in the Centre of Heraklion and consists of two floors. There are artifacts from Neolithic, Minoan and Roman. Really fascinating are the sarcophagi and, very charming the skeleton of a child in the fetal position within an amphora. The Museum highlights come from gortyn, Malia, Phaistos and especially Knossos, whose frescoes and mosaics are upstairs.
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  • Nice little museum but struggled to spend an hour there. Fortunately I bought the extra ticket from Knossos for only a Euro extra so worth that 
  • One of the finest museums I've been to. The extensive collection of Minoan artifacts are truly incredible to behold. Here one can see a powerful Goddess religion that held sway over Crete and many islands throughout the Cyclades. There is also a wooden model recreation of the palace of Knossos. Truly fascinating and a must see either before or after your tour of the various Minoan palaces throughout Crete.
  • Truly world class museum. The treasures of minoan crete from 3500 years ago, when most of my ancestors were scratching a living in the dirt - if they'd reached the farming stage! Recently modernised and excellently explained. A must see, especially the frescoes and some of the knossos artifacts like the bulls head.
  • Really wonderful museum. The majority of the archeological artifacts from the palace at Knossos are here, and the displays are magnificent.
  • Probably my favorite museum on Crete. The layout is perfect for meandering, and there's a little courtyard outside that's good for sitting around and enjoying a φραπέ.
  • Awesome museum, we went there after having seen Knossos.
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