Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion

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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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  • Full of the contents found at the palace of Knossos. Minoan frescoes and such breathtakingly richly decorated pottery and much, more. I feared my eyes on the exquisite antiquities; jewellery... 
    Full of the contents found at the palace of Knossos. Minoan frescoes and such breathtakingly richly decorated pottery and much, more. I feared my eyes on the exquisite antiquities; jewellery...  more »
  • The collection of museum is extraordinary! I lot of an exhibits that I have not seen in the museums of Athens. Very comfortable spacious showrooms there. 
    The collection of museum is extraordinary! I lot of an exhibits that I have not seen in the museums of Athens. Very comfortable spacious showrooms there.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Impressive collection, beautiful display, and helpful interpretative text. Don’t go in the last hour before they close or you’ll get kicked out early like we did. 10 minutes before close they were turning off the lights while we were in the galleries and they wouldn’t let us look in the final gallery. The entire staff was waiting by the door with their coats chatting and ready to get off work. I’ve never experienced this at a museum anywhere in the world so I found it surprising and a bit rude.

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