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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with artifacts belonging to the ancient civilizations that once populated the island.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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All reviews on display minoan artefacts chronological order amazing collection two floors combined ticket first floor the ground floor visiting knossos air conditioned archaeological museum bronze age two hours knossos site couple of hours cretan history exhibits
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is worth a visit to see the famous frescoes from the palace at Knossos. It is not the best type of museum for kids as not very interactive at all. So if you travel with kids...concentrate on the main things and try to help...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mothershipadrift
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is fairly new and worth seeing. We were on a cruise and only had a half day in crete so we bought a combo ticket for this s=and knossos palace great value!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank angiehaddad
Reviewed 6 days ago

Must see it ! Perfect archeological museum and it was good occasion with free entrance on Saturday afternoon

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Breda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to go there. It's a cultural journey that you must be in. It's actually accessible cause it's close to the most know square : the lion square.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank elpidakml1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent museum, really well curated - taking you through the Minoan, Greek and Roman periods. Definitely recommend visiting here before going to any of the actual archaeological sites around Crete.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RunawayVieve
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this lovely museum before Knosses. Feel it was right way to do it. Bought joint tickets for both venues. Learnt a lot in well laid out museum. Not busy this time of year. Could have stayed longer than the 2 hours we stayed there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louise P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can easily spend up to a couple of hours here, very informative and well laid out. Be careful of the times in winter, as it closes at 4pm.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kandcbuxton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very informative place, great works of art and archeological foundings. Here You can learn about Cretan (and greek) history, You can almost feel and touch it. Many beautiful subjects from minoan age, i love the FAISTOS, the bull's head and the original pieces of Knossos...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ChristianW1735
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a short one day visit to Heraklion we visited both the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum. Doing both complemented each other well. We took a private tour at the Palace but did a self-tour in the museum. The museum was top-notch in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alegria_en_sol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You just cannot go to Crete and fail to visit the Heraklion museum! You will get amazed by the findings, the detailed decorations, the drawings, the coins, and jewelry. I keep wondering what a great civilization that was! No wonder why Minoans had no enemies...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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29 September 2018|
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Response from Jacquelyn H | Reviewed this property |
At Knossos, you can hire a guide. An 80 euro fee(I think) gets you a guide. S/he will take up to 4 people of 1 language. These are mostly bachelor to master's prepared historians or archaeologists, very well versed in the... More
27 September 2018|
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Response from SevenoaksSinjun | Reviewed this property |
Hi, when we visited in mid-September we had no queues at either the Museum or Knossos. In fact, both were comfortably quiet.
27 September 2018|
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Response from Derek W | Reviewed this property |
We went the third week in September and the lines are very minimal if you are there by 9 - 9:30. Once the buses started coming into Knossos there were certainly 15 min. lines to see the palace chambers.