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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Dave Britton (16 months ago)
So easy to lose track of time in here as there are so many wonderful artifacts. Clear signage throughout explaining their age and relevance; all were beautifully preserved. The displays were fantastic with the glass fronts so well polished you could not see them and it looked like you could touch the artifacts.
Marcin Górny (17 months ago)
Rich collection of historical artifacts. They also seem to be constantly adding to the collection, in a few places I saw a notice 'unpublished, do not photograph'. Good descriptions helping a visitor to learn about what the displayed objects were originally used for. I'm not usually a big museum fan, but I enjoyed this one.
Dave Thompson (17 months ago)
Amazing collection. Allow hours or days if you're interested in the subject matter. English interpretive signs are very well done. Get tickets in advance. If you come off season there are no line ups.
Stewart Cashen (17 months ago)
Many artifacts in glass cases. Some are interesting but most are objects you can see at many Greek museums. A good visit on a wet day
Anriette Nazarol (18 months ago)
It's a great place and you're really gonna have to devote yourself for two hours if you want. In the museum area you will also see which Roman sculptures. The only bad thing is to park something that is impossible for you to find yourself parked in high season in summer. Therefore, be sure to visit the days and times when the groups have not attended the same hours as you.
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