Welcome to the official Website of Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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 periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum prides itself for its unique Minoan collection, which includes the masterpieces of Minoan art. It is rightly considered as the Museum of Minoan Culture par excellence.
Located in the town center, it was designed by the architect Patroklos Karantinos and was built between 1935 and 1958 on a site previously occupied by the Venetian monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The ruins of the monastery are visible in the museum’s garden.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a Special Regional Service of the Ministry of Culture. Along with the permanent exhibition, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions in Greece and abroad, creates and implements educational programs, collaborates with scientific and scholarly institutions, and houses a variety of cultural events.
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NEWS – PRESS RELEASES
“Because the statues are no longer fragments. We are” Experiential educational programme on ancient sculpture. Pilot application with the 3rd Year of the 8th General Lyceum of Heraklion as part of the subject History of Art. The pilot application of the experiential educational programme on ancient sculpture brought the 3rd Year of the 8th General […]
THE HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM PARTICIPATES IN THE MEETINGS OF THE SUBSIDIARY COMMITTEE OF THE 1970 UNESCO CONVENTION On Friday 10 March at 19:00-20:00, the members of the Subsidiary Committee of the 1970 UNESCO Convention will be given a tour of the Museum. The tour will be followed by video showings in the Museum Events Room, […]
THEMATIC GUIDED TOURS “FROM THE BULL TO THE MINOTAUR” Museum archaeologists approach the famous myth of the Minotaur, tracing its origins and evolution through time, via the exhibits in the Museum Collections. The guided tour focuses on selected ancient objects depicting the bull in various contexts, on clay bull figurines and on coins of the […]
FROM A SCATTERED PIECE OF AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PUZZLE TO A READABLE IMAGE
In the framework of the activity “The Unseen Museum” an artifact from the non-displayed material of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is presented to the public for the first time
Bullhead of white pentelic marble (1-2nd c. AD)
Donation of an inhabitant from the village Ag. Deka in 1965, which apparently originated from the neighboring town of Gortys. Although not found in an enlightening archaeological horizon, here it is used more as an example of the scientific working methods of Archaeology than as an autonomous artwork.
“Reading” the features of the bull as well as the treatment traces on the stone, one is led step by step to identify the artifact with a decorative architectural sculpture, probably coming from a public building (Nymphaeum?).
“SOUNDS OF THE MUSES: Musical journeys through the material testimonies of the past – Summer 2016”
A cycle of musical performances in the exhibition rooms of the Museum in order to highlight exhibits and displays to the accompaniment of music. Various works and improvisations were played by solo instruments and small groups of musicians in selected areas of the Museum rooms.
The musicians had the opportunity to “comment on” and converse with the material testimonies of the past, while their musical expression gave visitors the chance to experience something different during their tour of the Museum.