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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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Health protection measures at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

For security reasons, the Museum will operate with a controlled number of visitors, observing all health protection measures. According to Government regulations (Government Gazette 5401/τ.Β΄/20-11-2021), for your entrance to the Museum you will need to present one of the following documents and a photo ID (identification card or passport): – Vaccination certificate (digital or printed), […]

Abfutura. Contemporary art exhibition by Céline Murphy

Abfutura in Latin means “what is about to disappear”. Playing on the archaeological theme, this contemporary art exhibition addresses the notions of excavating, curating and conserving near-absence. Academically qualified as an archaeologist, but also trained as an artist, Céline works at the intersection of both disciplines, expressing thoughts, impressions and discoveries in both written and […]

Newsletter JULY – AUGUST 2019

JULY 2019 Abfutura Contemporary art exhibition by Céline Murphy, Visual Artist-Archaeologist Opening: Thursday 11 July 2019, at 20.00. Free admission Duration of exhibition: 11 – 28 July 2019 Multimedia Hall (ground floor) The Museum entrance ticket is valid for the exhibition. Guided tour by the artist with free admission on Thursday 18 July, 18.00 – […]




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.





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