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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  • Here visitors will get a great introduction to Crete their early history. Streamlined presentations with instructive display cases. Recommend to head here!
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  • The museum is only 2 floors and very doable for kids. The highlights for me are the Phaistos disc and the frescoes from Knossos. There are lots of clay pots, too, if you are into that. The museum give...  more »
  • Excellent Museum, well placed in the centre of Heraklion, which appraisals of collections and essential parts of the discovery and knowledge of the past of Crete! We could spend hours so this heritage is rich and well preserved!
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  • Save your 8 euro and just visit Knossos Palace. You see the same things and get a much better experience walking amongst the ruins. The museum is located in a semi- sketch neighborhood that has graffiti stricken walls. It has two floors, but because the 1st and 2nd floor are so minimal it could easily all fit on one story. The artifacts are mostly various sized pots and vases, except for one room that has extremely weathered (to the point it’s unrecognizable) statues. That room was the only highlight of the museum. The staff are EXTREMELY rude and ghetto. One staff member yelled at my daughter from across the room, demanding she cross her legs a certain way while sitting down. It is NOT the staff’s place to criticize how my child sits on their public bench, cross legged or not. When I mentioned this, another staff member immediately walked up and started indescribably yelling at us in Greek. Because of the small size, ghetto staff and lack of artifacts, I would not recommend this museum.
  • It is the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe.  It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces.
  • Thousands of years of history in this museum. Plan your visit after your tour in Knossos so you have a better understanding of the collection. Love this place ❤️
  • Great collection, recommended for everyone - not only for archeology fans. Rare items. Short time needed for the whole visit. Enjoy!
  • Very Nice and tidy. All descriptions are also in English. A must see before or after your visit to Knosos
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