The Archeological Museum
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Xanthoudidou 1 st., Τ.Κ. 71202, Heraklion (Prefecture of Iraklio)
Telephone: 2810 279000, 2810 279086, 2810 279087
Fax: 2810 279071
Full: €6, Reduced: €3
A special 10 Euros ticket is valid for visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the palace of Knossos; it can be purchased at both sites. Please note that the individual opening hours may differ.
Special ticket package: Full: €6, Reduced: €3
Single ticket for Knossos - Heraklion Museum costs 10 Euros.
Valid for: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Knossos
Free admission days
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
5 June (International Environment Day)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
Reduced admission for:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other Member - States of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport.
- Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID
- The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools.
Free admission for:
- Cultural Card holders
- Journalists with a journalist identity card
- Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
- Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
- Persons accompanying blind and disabled
- Persons possessing a free admission card
- The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits
- The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
- Tourist guides after demonstrating their professional identity of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of Member - States of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID
- Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age
From the 24th of October 2013 until the 31st of March 2014:
Monday 11:00- 17:00
Tuesday-Sunday and bank holidays 08:00-15:00
From the 1st of April 2014 until the 31st October 2014:
Monday: 8:00 - 20:00
Tuesday-Saturday: 08:00 - 20:00
Sunday and national holidays: 08:00 - 20:00
All galleries of the Heraklion Museum, including those of the Minoan civilization, will be open to the public from the 6th May onwards. They include state-of-the-art installations, as well as finds from the latest archaeological excavations which are exhibited for the first time.
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 - 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
25 March: closed
Good Friday: 12:00 - 18:00
Holy Saturday: 08:00 - 17:00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Easter Monday: 08:00 - 20:00
Holy Spirit Day: 08:00 - 20:00
15 August: 08:00 - 15:00
28 October: 08:00 - 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Arriving at the Archeological Museum by car is a piece of cake, since it is situated in the centre of the city, near Eleftherias square. Just park your car at the municipal car park nearby and then walk to the museum and the city centre.