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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AUGUST FULL MOON PROGRAM 2022 – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

PRESS RELEASE AUGUST FULL MOON PROGRAM 2022 The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports organizes its twenty second annual August Full Moon events program, coordinated by the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, offering free admission to selected archaeological and historical sites, monuments, and museums, on the night of the full moon, Friday August […]

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion will remain closed tomorrow, 6 April 2022, due to the participation of the employees in the Panhellenic general strike called by public and private sector unions.

Health protection measures at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

For security reasons, the Museum will operate observing all health protection measures, according to Government regulations (Government Gazette 2137/30-4-2022). During your visit, please make sure to keep in mind the following: – The use of protective masks is mandatory for all visitors, with the exception of (a) people with proof of health problems in which […]




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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