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Visiting Heraklion Archaeological Museum Crete

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Greece is mystifying in its appearance. The crystal clear water of the sea along with the stunning landscape makes the country a favorite destination for holidaying for families and also provides a romantic setup for couples who want to spend some cozy time together. Crete being the largest island town of Greece has everything to its credit. Here you can admire the remains of ancient civilizations, explore beautiful seashores, or take a stroll along the impressive monumental sites. In this paradise of water, you can admire the most stunning structure of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This state-of-the-art museum is one of the largest and most significant museums not just of Greece but also in the world. Visitors can embrace the fabulous art collection which spans from the Neolithic times and extends to the Roman era.

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Explore the Fascinating Heraklion Archeological Museum

Explore the Fascinating Heraklion Archeological Museum

The Ground Floor

The Ground Floor

With its magnificent collection of artifacts belonging to antiquity and the modern contemporary art design, the Heraklion Archeological Museum is certainly one of the finest establishments in Crete. Visitors can be a part of an exhibition of art depicting the Neolithic period together with the Middle Bronze era relating to 7000 BC through 1700 BC, in the Rooms I to III of the museum. These rooms show the lifestyle of the first inhabitants in Crete and around Knossos. The unique eye-catcher which glorifies the collection of Room III is the elegantly embellished Kamares tableware made of red, black, and white clay. This vast collection also includes a royal dinner set which owes its origin from Phaestos. In Room II, you can admire a terrific and sophisticated collection of jewelry especially the stunning piece from Malia which is a golden pendant with a beautiful carving of bees on it. Rooms IV to VI illustrate the life of the inhabitants belonging to the late Bronze age. During this period Minoan culture was at its apex, as reflected in its palaces, elaborate architecture and designing. Without any surprise, these are the most visited rooms of the museum. Highlights here include the clay house which belonged to Arhanes, a model of Knossos, and an ivory-and-crystal draughts board, etc. A Phaistos disc whose signs couldn't be deciphered till now also finds its place here. Other attractions on the ground floor include a bull-leaper sculpture along with a wall painting displaying bull-leaping.

The First Floor

The First Floor

After getting plunged into the glimpses of rich Minoan history, visitors can glide into the first floor of the museum which is also tucked with an extraordinary art collection. Room XIII of the first floor is dedicated to Minoan frescoes which belong to 1800 BC through 1350 BC. It includes Evan's famous creations along with numerous paintings reflecting the influence of creativity, and nature in the artworks of that era. Home to the famous paintings like Prince of the Lilies, Ladies in Blue, the Cupbearer, the Dolphin Fresco, etc. this room of the museum is certainly one of the favorites for painters from across the world. A deep dedication to the artwork of 10th through 16th century resides in the Rooms XV to XIX of the museum. These rooms have a vast collection of artifacts which celebrate the geometric and archaic designs and patterns which were predominant to that era. You can find the bronze statues from Deros, the Apollonian Triad, and also bronze shields of the Ideon Cave in these massive rooms. Rooms XX to XXII will take you to the era of 5th and 4th century BC when Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures were significantly ruling the area. Here, you will find utensils figurines and fascinating mosaic floors which lies in perfect sync with the Greek state culture.Visitors will be fascinated by the cemetery findings of the place including a skull with a wreath made of gold.

Other Attractions

Other Attractions

In Room XXIII you can enjoy glimpses of two private collections of exhibits which are donated to the museum. On the ground floor itself, in Rooms Xxvi and XXVII visitors can witness the museum's striking collection of extraordinary sculptures. Roman sculptures and replicas of eminent heroes and Gods of the Classical era define the type of art which existed during the Roman period. Rooms XI and XII showcase settlements, sanctuaries, and graves belonging to the Late Bronze era which includes splendid representations of death and immortality. In Room X. the boar's helmet and swords with gold handles make up for the extraordinary collection of the museum.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum Crete Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Admission fee is 6.00 Euros. You can purchase tickets at the entrance gate or book them online through this website.

How To Get Around?

Buses are the most easily accessible transportation in Crete. You can also opt for taxi and cabs if you want.

What Should I Wear?

Heraklion Archaeological Museum Crete Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the place is between 8 am to 8 pm on all days of the week.


Currency is Euros.

Will I Need a Guide?

How To Get There?

To reach Crete you can board a flight from the airport in Athens. You can also arrive here by boat by using any of the six ports which are located here.

Additional Info

Touching the artifacts is strictly prohibited.

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