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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Zeh-Ty Hua (6 months ago)
Natural next step just after the Knossos palace, given that many pieces come from there. Quite impressive what the Minoan people could already do more than 3500 years ago... PS: the building from the outside does not look like much but inside it's quite nice.
Rooz Izadi (8 months ago)
One of best museums that I’ve ever visited. The items are fascinating and well-classified in more than 15 different rooms, each dedicated to a specific timeline. The section with the musicians, and shamans artifacts are my personal favorite. It’s totally worth a couple of hours of your time while you’re in Crete.
Massimiliano Scialla (14 months ago)
For whoever interested in history and art is a must to go there. Many artworks of the Minoan civilization with all the descriptions.
Ilkin Jamalli (14 months ago)
Great experience when coupled with Knossos Palace visit. Not with kids though if they are not into history.
PANAGIOTA KATSIKA (15 months ago)
In this museum you will find some of the most important treasures of he world, such as the Faistos disk and the fresco paintings of Knossos Palace. It is a must visit ! One of the best archaeological museums !
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