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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.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Xanthoudidou | Chatzidaki, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the most amazing museum experiences i ever had! The most impressive artifacts found in various archaeological sites such as Knossos and Festos were displaced for the visitors to see. It’s almost as if you travel back in time and get a better understanding...More

Thank Constantina S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Sure this place was first class with regards to archaeological artefacts, but didn't find it first class as far as museum experiences go. Room guards were overly critical, rather than engaging or helpful, quick to reprimand children for being too enthusiastic and talking in anything...More

Thank Marieka86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautifully presented, extremely rich in history and amount of items displayed museum. I totally recommend a visit - especially with a guide - in combination with a visit to the archaeological site of Knossos which is also in Heraklion. Been there twice myself and...More

1  Thank Antigoni C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited the old archaeological museum, it was a wonderful surprise to visit the new facility. It was rebuilt on the original site which enables it to retain it's prime location within the city of Heraklion. The vast collection of Minoan artifacts in the museum...More

1  Thank Bob H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing artifacts well laid out and labelled. The map given with your ticket shows the highlights of the museum and which areas they are in. We didn't wait for a guided tour but felt that we saw and understood most of the exhibits. Short walk...More

3  Thank 27williamson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits on the ancient Crete Minoan culture on view in this museum are simply superb and a must see while on Crete. The wood model of the palace of Knossos is an excellent way to gain an overview of the ruined ancient palace before...More

1  Thank ForeignObserver2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the best. It is nicely done and the staff are just lovely!

1  Thank TheWorldTraveled
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful museum that suffers from poor staffing. All the upstairs exhibits are closed (???) because the director laid off part of his staff... the Minoan artifacts are incredible, but let's see the rest of the story!!!

Thank Christian C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum has had a makeover and been updated and now you can really see its treasures of which there are many from all over Crete. Good to visit before you visit the sites.

1  Thank mumblesmeg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole museum is fabulous, but the section dedicated to WW2 on Crete and the Australian soldier's involment as well as information regarding the Resistence Movement is a must.

1  Thank BobnDi2015
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14 December 2017|
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Response from kizball | Reviewed this property |
....mmmm - she didn't mention where she was staying; Archaeological Museum is right off Plaza Eleftherias. A local bus from port would go there. Buses to Knossos are also available at same location [but check on that... More
14 December 2017|
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Response from Simon_in_Leigh | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s right next to the bus station.
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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.