Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Step inside Greece’s most iconic museum and discover fascinating relics stretching right back to prehistoric times. Located in an impressive modernist building, Heraklion Archaeological Museum is home to huge numbers of artefacts spanning 7,000 years. As the most important home of Cretan history, the museum contains exhibits from all ages including the Neolithic period right up to Roman times.

As you walk through the museum’s 27 exhibits, make sure you take a look at the collection of Minoan art. Originating from a period of Cretan history, named after the mythical King Minos, these incredible paintings provide a fascinating insight into society at the time.

Before leaving the building, take a moment to appreciate its incredible architecture. Built in the late 1930s, the museum makes brilliant use of natural light, seen as the sun shines through the skylights and onto the exhibits below.

As you wander through each room, you’ll notice how the museum is designed to comfortably accommodate large crowds, ensuring you always have enough space to relax and absorb the information in front of you. Look out for the library, drawing room and a space known as the ‘Scientific Collection’, where new finds are meticulously examined and researched.

At the end of your visit, make your way to the souvenir shop to browse a great range of gifts and keepsakes, including books and postcards. Finally bidding farewell to the museum, you’ll need a little time to absorb the magnitude of this vast and impressive attraction.