Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Heraklion, Greece

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. The museum began in 1883 as a simple collection of antiquities. A dedicated building was constructed from 1904 to 1912. 

Today Herakleion Archaeological Museum 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. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.



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Founded: 1883
Category: Museums in Greece


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Samantha Marie Allen (5 months ago)
What an incredible museum experience! Highly recommend! One of the best museums I've been to in a very long time. Exhibits were impeccably curated, with wonderful English translations. The layout encourages you to experience history in the timeline it happened while providing delightful descriptions. The lighting of the exhibits was also brilliant and allowed you to take glare-free photos of your favorite artifacts.
Pauline Nérault (7 months ago)
A very beautiful museum. With a superb exhibition of archaeological discoveries, in particular Knossos. I recommend for anyone who loves history and archeology. The upstairs part was closed when there was due to the earthquake. But it was a great visit.
Hilary Neal (8 months ago)
So someone who is invested and interested in Archeology, this is a great place to visit. For myself, it all starts to look the same after a whole. I recommend going at opening because there was a short 15 minute wait time, and the line after us just kept growing. The staff was on the ball for social distancing before getting into the museum, but once in the museum, it was basically a free for all.
Rob Schuurman (10 months ago)
Great museum with many nice displays showing how the Minoan civilization developed through the 1500 years of existence. We liked the many information boards which gave us ample opportunity to read the Minoan story like a book. We had to wait a bit before being admitted. The coffee shop has nice coffees and good shadowy places to sit.
maruta555 (10 months ago)
The museum is good but it's overfilled with just too many items, especially pottery, in the end you just get tired of seeing similar things again and again and you just want to leave. They could have removed a good 30% of the artifacts so the visitors could have a more meaningful visit without getting very tired. As an example I was surprised to see a statue with no hands,no legs, no head, only the torso was there, definitely not worth exhibiting. Despite me focusing on the negative aspect it still is a "must go destination " for every tourist.
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