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. 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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  • instead of to knossos where we have heard stories about tourist trap we visited the museum. history of Crete from Mr. Minos to the present day. tour with a guide can but need not of course. everything in knossos is excavated is ended up here. recommended
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  • Excellent, modern Museum. There are interactive halls, halls with all the exhibits divided into epochs. The exhibits themselves are in excellent condition (it is certainly to be expected, because the climate in Crete allows long things), but they and not 500 years, and an average of 1500-2000! Staff very friendly, especially remembering our tired old ladies who hate each visitor in absentia. There are guided tours in Russian, even though we were at the Museum of the savage and went by themselves. Of the disadvantages for our tourist can be called a lack of signatures in Russian. All signatures are made only in Greek and English. Although Russian speaking guide easily solves this problem.
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  • The expectations were very low, expecting two halls with pieces of pottery and some Haggard placard, instead I have to say we were astonished: there are many cases richly decorated and jewels. Also, taking the combined ticket at Knossos (16 euro per person, free students, under 18 and over 65) we basically spent only a dollar! Quite hard to find as a location, mostly because being in a square we had to leave the car so far, but definitely worth visiting.
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  • Amazing museum showcasing the history of Minoan culture and how advanced they were even at that point of time. They do very intricate items such as seals, jewellery etc. recently refurbished, it now comes with air conditioning and two floors of exhibits, guided with detailed English explanations. Worthwhile to spend an hour or so here since it's right at city centre
  • Beautiful museum airconditioned which gives you some relief from the heat outside. Plenty of sitting areas inside to rest up need to allow 1.5 hrs to see all, as there are 2 floors of exhibits. Highly recommend buying a 2 exhibits ticket which is an extra Euro to see the Palace of Knossos getting there will cost you 10euros taxi one way. Enjoy.
  • Out of the 3 other museums in the area, this was my favorite. Took over 500 pictures, all of which will be of great use for my college thesis. A lot of archaeological finds concerning the Minoan culture, and how thry interacted with other cultures such as the Egyptians and Babylonians. The extensive findings and research done on the Minoan religion (Cult of the Snake Goddess) was amazing. A museum everyone should visit.
  • This was a well-organized museum with a lot of the famous pieces of Minoan art that one might study in any art history class- the leaping bull fresco, goddess with snakes, etc. however, the information was all presented in a similar way and after a while, many of the pieces blended together. Still well done, just maybe a bit of variety in presentation or more detailed background information would make the experience more interesting.
  • Amazing. Everything is described in both English and Greek. Everything flows from each room. Don't forget to go to the statute room bear the juice bar. I almost missed it and would have regretted it. Upstairs they have a room dedicated PowerPoint Presentation in English on the history of the museum; It's lengthy but worth reading/watching.

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Where to stay in Heraklion

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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