Heraklion Archeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion in Crete is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that tell the story of the island’s rich and diverse history. Founded in 1883, the museum is considered one of the most important in Greece and one of the top attractions in Heraklion.


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The museum’s collection spans over 5,500 years of Cretan history, from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. The exhibits are divided into chronological and thematic sections, providing visitors with a comprehensive view of the island’s past.

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One of the most impressive displays in the museum is the Minoan collection, which showcases the artistic and technological achievements of the ancient civilization that flourished on Crete between 3000 and 1100 BC. The Minoans were renowned for their skill in pottery, metalworking, and fresco painting, and the museum’s collection includes many examples of their work. 

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Among the most famous exhibits is the Phaistos Disc, a circular clay tablet inscribed with hieroglyphs that has puzzled scholars for over a century. Another notable exhibit is the Bull-leaping Fresco from the palace of Knossos, which depicts athletes jumping over a bull’s back and is considered one of the most iconic images of Minoan art. 

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The museum’s collection also includes artifacts from other ancient civilizations that inhabited Crete, such as the Mycenaeans, the Dorians, and the Romans. These exhibits provide a glimpse into the island’s cultural and historical interactions with other parts of the ancient world.


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The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is a must-visit for anyone interested in ancient history, art, or archaeology. The museum’s impressive collection and informative displays provide a unique and engaging way to learn about the rich and diverse history of Crete. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, a trip to this museum is sure to be a highlight of your visit to Heraklion.


Entrance Fee

Full ticket 12 euro, reduced 6 euro. There is a combo ticket available for the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Palace of Knossos and costs 20 euro.

Free Admission Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri) 
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day) 
  • 18 May (International Museums Day) 
  • Last weekend of September (European Heritage Days) 
  • 28 October (Oxi or Ohi Day)
  • Sundays from November 1st to March 31st

Opening Times


Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 8:00 – 17:00, Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00

From 1.12.2022 until 31.3.2023

Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 8:30-15:30, Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00


Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 8:00 – 20:00, Tuesday: 10:00 – 20:00


  • 1 January: closed  
  • 25 March: closed  
  • Good Friday: 12:00-17:00  
  • Holy Saturday: 08:00 – 16:00  
  • 1 May: closed  
  • Easter Sunday: closed  
  • 15 August: 08:00 – 15:00
  • 28 October: 08:30 – 15:00  
  • 25 December: closed  
  • 26 December: closed 


Xanthoudidou 2 Str., Τ.Κ. 71202, Heraklion

Telephone: 2810279000, 2810279002


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