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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

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Address: Xanthoudidou 1 | Xanthoudidou 1 & Bofor, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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+30 281 027 9000
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A museum delineating the history of the island Crete, complete with...

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 interesting place

Some very interesting artefacts ,these are REALLY old. Liable to get potted out after a time,but a good place to visit at a reasonable price,it has the usual amenities,all good

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Paul R
Haslington, United Kingdom
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Haslington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some very interesting artefacts ,these are REALLY old. Liable to get potted out after a time,but a good place to visit at a reasonable price,it has the usual amenities,all good

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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Archaeological museum of Heraklion offers you a unique experience into the history of the Minoaan civilization! During your visit there I promise that you will be definitely impressed by the achievements of the Minoans, the magnificent frescoes, the stunning jewellery, the beautiful pieces of pottery, the architecture and last but not least the impressive sewage system the Minoans had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Palace nowadays is a pile of rubble with some reconstructed walls, cement, walkways and peacocks to convince you you're in a ruined palace. "Nothing to see here, move along." Better to spend your time visiting the Archeological Museum which houses the best preserved bits and pieces which were excavated by Sir Arthur Evans and others over the past 100... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very clean and tidy place.very friendly staff who where very helpful .great museum,very well lay out.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter and I visited this museum before heading out to Knossos. It's not terribly large but has interesting exhibits of local artifacts. Most signs are in Greek and English so you can learn about the history of Crete and the civilizations that lived on the island. There is a set path through the museum but it's easy to miss... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're interested in Crete's past then this museum is a must visit. You journey from the neolithic era all the way to Roman times. The highlights include the snake goddess statuettes, the Phaistos disc and some of the Linear B tablets. The museum is also popular with tour groups too. Try hitting it early if you want to spend... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Museum is very well laid out and sent visitors around with a clear route. The Minoan art from Knossos is a must see.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this museum is amazing and has many pieces that we've read about. These are definitely the treasures of humanity and a must see. You cannot visit Crete and not stop by this museum. While here also buy the entrance ticket to Knossos palaces since you must see both.

Thank Lasa88
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A modern museum that explains the history of Crete. Explanations are in several languages and the trip through history is well worth the trip. A wooden model of Knossos helps understand the palace ruins a little. Many beautiful archeological objects that will please even people that are not experts.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you don't have time to visit Knossos then sacrifice it and visit here, this museum is rammed with amazing finds and really gives a sense of who the minoans were and puts the islands history in context. 2 floors and room after room of finds large and small. Lots if information in English and Greek which really puts everything... More 

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