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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Xanthoudidou | & Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“on display” (105 reviews)
“two floors” (38 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou | & Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 027 9000
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Reviewed yesterday

The archaeological museum is very nicely organized and the exhibits are stunning! I have been to the Chania archaelogical museum, the acropolis museum, and the national one in Athens, but I think this one is the best. The museum is actually more informative than the...More

Thank Alex C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful and interesting museum. Well worth the entry price. I asked about photography on entry and was told to look for the "no photography" signs on certain artefacts, which I observed. However, on entering one hall filled with spectacular statues I looked for a sign...More

Thank somersetpaul
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The music Miss much bigger than it first appears. What really stood out for me was the multinational information available. Well worth a visit.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow so much to look at.very impressive gold jewellery, bit creepy seeing someone scrunched up in an urn. The asophacus managed to get a picure of a body in one of them.

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Many of the artefacts found at Knossos and other Cretan ruins are displayed here. These date from Neolithic to Mediaeval times. Many gold items including the ‘Bee pendant’ dating back to Minoan times (1,500 bc) demonstrate the creative talents of those people. Entrance is only...More

Thank ron p
Reviewed 2 days ago

I attended schools with classical studies and was happy to have found the objects of my studies in a beautiful setting like the museum. It is also possible to buy a cumulative ticket to enter the Knossos palace at a discount. Beautiful terrace with bar...More

Thank Antonella R
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is very interesting museum, lots of very old and amazing items on display. I brought combined ticket and went to Knossos too, very useful. But ticket office do not know international student card ISIC and said that it is not valid in the museum....More

Thank Muduke
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting place shown to us by a Guide. Photos are permitted without a flash. All my photos came out very well without a flash. It hard to believe that the items are so old. The items vary from pottery to weapons and very fine...More

Thank angela t
Reviewed 4 days ago

Anybody going to Heraklion must visit this beautiful museum. Several pieces coming from Knossos and other parts of Creta are presented

Thank Bertrand N
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent more than 2 hours there. I would have stayed more but it was so busy, lots and lots of groups of Russians. we thought that if we will go after 4 pm it will be better, but it was not. And we went...More

Thank Katy E
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Sæmundur Óskar H
4 July 2017|
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Response from Sherard20015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed, it is two floors and there is a lift. Very easy to get around.
22 April 2017|
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Response from DDaphne |
We had a hire car and parked it in the large free car park next to Knossos. We bought a combined ticket to the site and museum as recommended by others on TripAdvisor. When we had finished viewing the site, we caught a bus... More
8 September 2016|
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Response from traveller46_11 | Reviewed this property |
According to their website the museum currently (September) is open 8am to 8pm daily. Lonely Panet (2012 edition) advises that from November to March the museum is open from 8:30am to 3pm.