The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most famous museums in Europe.
It houses representative artefacts from all eras of prehistoric times and Cretan history, spanning a chronological period of more than 5,500 years, from Neolithic to Roman times. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is proud of its unique Minoan collection, which includes masterpieces of Minoan art.
It is rightly considered the museum of Minoan culture par excellence.
Located in the city center, it was designed by architect Patroklos Karantinos and was built between 1935 and 1958 on a site previously occupied by the Venetian Monastery of St. Francis which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856. The ruins of the monastery can be seen in the museum garden.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is managed by the Ministry of Culture. With the permanent exhibition, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad, creates and implements educational programs, collaborates with scientific and academic institutions and hosts a wide variety of cultural events.
Summer: From April 15 to October 31, Monday - Sunday and holidays 08:00 - 20:00
Winter: Nov 1 to April 14, Monday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday and public holidays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
January 1: closed, January 6: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Carnival Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 25: closing, Good Friday: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., Holy Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
May 1: closed, Easter Sunday: closed, Easter Monday: closed,
Saint-Esprit Day: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., August 15: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 28: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 25 and 26: closed.
From November 1 to March 31: € 5, from April 1 to October 31: Full: € 10, reduced: € 5
Special ticket package (Heraklion and Knossos Archaeological Museum): Full: € 16, reduced: € 8
The special ticket package is valid for 3 days.
FREE ADMISSION DAYS
March 6 (in memory of Melina Mercouri), April 18 (International Monuments Day)
May 18 (International Museum Day), The last annual weekend of September (European Heritage Days), October 28. Every first Sunday from November 1 to March 31
REDUCED ADMISSION - FREE ADMISSION - DISABLED VISITORS
Disabled people (67% and more) and an accompanying person, on presentation of an invalidity certificate issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certificate issued by a public hospital where the invalidity and the percentage of incapacity are clearly marked. The common areas of the Museum are wheelchair accessible. The main entrance to the Museum (Xanthoudidou 2) has a special ramp for wheelchairs and strollers. In the museum there is an elevator and a toilet for the disabled. In addition, a wheelchair is available free of charge at the entrance to the Museum, on the provision of identification.
The cloakroom is located on the ground floor of the museum, where all backpacks and parcels must be left. The museum is not responsible for valuables or fragile items left in the cloakroom.
Amateur photography is permitted in museum exhibition areas, except for exhibits containing unpublished items, which have a “no photographs” sign. The use of flash photography and professional equipment is not permitted. Photographs may not be published in print or digital form without the permission of the Museum.
Professional photography and cinematography with professional equipment at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum are permitted upon request at the Museum. Requests can also be made to request photographic material in the Museum Archives. For application forms in .doc and .pdf format, click here: application forms
The use of mobile phones (cell phones) is prohibited in the museum exhibition areas.
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