Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion

4.6
#1 of 76 in Museums in Crete
A vanished culture comes alive at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which holds the remains of the 3,000-year-old Minoan civilization. The museum's famous collection of artifacts spans more than five millennia, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum's twenty rooms display the most important and representative finds uncovered at several different excavation sites on Crete, including an enigmatic clay disc from the second millennium BCE. Its meaning and purpose have been disputed since its discovery in 1908; the disc remains one of archaeology's most famous unresolved mysteries. For a better understanding of the lost culture represented here, opt for a guided tour of the collection plus a visit to the archaeological sites near the city. Plan a trip to Heraklion easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • 2 floors. Simple layout. Glad we had a tour guide with us to lead us through or I might not have appreciated it as much. Beautiful murals and pottery.  more »
  • I spent hours and hours in this wonderful museum. What a tremendous collection of artifacts from the ancient Greek civilization! This is a MUST SEE when in Crete.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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 They also seem to be constantly adding to the collection, in a few places I saw a notice 'unpublished, do not photograph'.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.
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