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Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Xanthoudidou Street 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece ‎

Phone: 30-2810279000

Ticket Price: 4 EUR

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Time Required: 02:30 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete

If you wish to get to know a bit more about the history of the island of Crete or are curious about its culture, do not forget to visit the Archeological museum. All of its long and intriguing history has been beautifully preserved in this museum.

There is a lot to learn, see and do. They have managed to preserve and exhibit ancient artefacts belonging to various eras in a very interesting manner. The Minoan collection of the museum is perhaps the best in the whole country. The Cretan history that the museum is a wonderful summation of, makes this museum a very intriguing place to visit on the island.

How To reach Heraklion Archaeological Museum by Public Transport

  • KTEL Irakliou

Restaurants Near Heraklion Archaeological Museum

  • Central Park Cafe
  • Loukoulos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete Reviews

  • It is the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe.  It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces.

  • Excellent museum. It is supplementary to the Knossos Palace site. You can pay 16 Euros (Sept. 2017) and visit both sites, which is a great deal since the price difference between a regular visit to one site and the visit to both sites is just 1 Euro. In addition, the time limitation to use the single ticket for both sites is 3 days! Hence, you can enjoy both sites at your own time and pace. Bottom line, it is a MUST VISIT

  • If you are a history buff then this is the place for you! However if you are not then do not bother as the museum content is a bit dry. Got the measure if the place when only in the first room of the visit we were told by a guide we had to be quiet. Also the tour guides tend to encourage you to move if you are even slightly in their way. In general it is quite a boring walk around as just lots and lots of reconstructed pottery bowls, pottery urns, pottery tubs, etc. Good floor mosaics on the first floor and coins used/found on the island proved interesting. Also the history of the museum and the reason for the style of the current building quite informative on PowerPoint demo. The entry cost to the museum is 10 euros adult fee and they do offer the use of a tour guide for a 1.5 hour tour around the place. Air con good so not too uncomfortable when walking around. I will not be visiting this place again. Once was quite enough for me!

  • Very modern museum building, purpose built with air conditioning, a shop and a cafe. Some amazing Minoan artefacts discovered at the Knossos palace, now on display in protective cabinets. I particularly liked the games board found near the King's rooms. Also, it was great to see some of the iconic Minoan graphics on many of the display pieces and jewellery. Note that flash photography is not allowed and some areas do not allow any photography at all. A combined ticket (museum and Knossos site) costs €16 for an adult. Well worth it! Best time to visit is late afternoon once all the cruise ship coach parties have left. We started at the museum at 4pm, and left at 5.30 to be at the Knossos site for 6pm (it closes at 8pm - August visit). Absolutely no problems with the timings. No large crowds at either location and the sun was then low enough so as not to burn when looking round the archaeological site too, which also has a shop and a cafe bar. Plenty of souvenir shops opposite the main entrance. Plenty of free parking at/near both sites It's a 'must-see' if you are on Crete. 😁

  • Boring as hell. You know the history. You have been to Knossos. Vases, vases, vases. Also, staff is unhelpful, bored and there just to watch your every move like you're 10. I kind of understand, since it is probably the most boring job in the island.

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