Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the second most visited museum in Greece. Visitors from all over the world explore every year this well-known museum and get impressed by the significant exhibits.
Collections cover approximately 5,500 thousand years of history dating from the Neolithic period to Roman times, and they showcase how Crete had been the most glorious chapter of the entire ancient Greek world. However, the most important collection is undoubtedly that of Minoan art. The great civilization of the Minoans, pioneers in the history of Europe, is kept alive here.
The new wing meets all modern standards while respecting the philosophy and the history of the original building. All captions are stylish and explanatory texts of the exhibits will help you understand the glory of all exhibits.
Prior to your family visit, it might be worth explaining to your kids about the mystery of the Phaistos Disc and how difficult it still is to fully decipher. A good source of information for the Disc can be found in the documentary series Ancient X-files from National Geographic.
What’s the best way to see the Heraklion Archaeological Museum?
We highly recommend our Private Family Tour Archaeological Museum Heraklion to reveal all the secrets and traditions of the Minoan era with a family friendly guide, or alternatively you can combine your visit to the Museum with a family friendly tour to the famous Palace of Knossos
Before you plan your visits to Knossos and to the museum, dive into some Greek mythology stories such as Theseus and the Minotaur, Icarus and Daedalous. Trust us, there is no doubt that these will fascinate your kids and help them understand your visit better. Kids Love Knossos is the best way to do it!
Families should know
- It would be ideal to visit the museum after you have been to the archaeological site of Knossos
- We recommend that you buy a combined Knossos and museum ticket as there is a price discount even if you don’t visit both places on the same day
- Parking is quite difficult around the museum. If you have your own car, it is best to park in one of the paid parking areas in the centre of Heraklion
- For prompt information about the timetable and tickets please follow this link: http://odysseus.culture.gr
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