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Delve into the lost world of the Minoans at this museum that has exhibits covering over 5,000 years of Cretian history.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating early history of Crete at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s most important museums, this institution is home to a vast collection of artefacts representing thousands of years of Cretan life. Start in the Neolithic period and follow a journey in time through local history, making sure to spend time in the world-class exhibit on the Minoan period.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum has profited greatly from the archaeological richness of the surrounding area. What began in the 19th century as a humble antique collection grew steadily into a significant museum, which now houses over 15,000 pieces and boasts an important Minoan collection. As you approach, take a moment to appreciate the modernist design that architect Patroklos Karantinos produced for the building in the late 1930s.

Your chronological tour of the museum will begin in the area devoted to the Neolithic period, where an assortment of artefacts and fertility statues are to be found. As you progress through the 23 rooms, you will notice that the tools and cultural products become progressively more sophisticated. The museum has also arranged pieces according to the place where they were found, so visitors will be able to understand what made each area distinctive.

Leave time to explore the separate Minoan collection, one of the world’s finest records of that great Cretan Bronze Age civilisation. Don’t miss the beautifully decorated pottery and the miniature statues of gods and animals that are widely associated with Minoan culture.

Some of the museum’s highlights include colourful frescoes, which were taken from palace walls, and objects that had been traded with the Egyptians. The snake goddess statue is a fine example of Minoan sculpture and the impressive Arkalochori Axe is sure to set the imagination in motion.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is open daily throughout the summer, with shorter hours on Monday depending on the season. The museum is located centrally, on Eleftherias Square and there is a fee for entry.

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