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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion: Guided Walking Tour

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion: Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 83.43 per person

Spend an hour and a half learning about the oldest European civilization, the Minoans - explore their history that expands over 5000 years, covering art, traditions, culture, and more. The building reflects the Minoan style and is itself a sight to see!

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the history of the Minoan civilization, likely the oldest on the European continent
  • Explore this huge museum, one of the largest and among the most important museums in Europe
  • Marvel at the award-winning building itself, an example of Bauhaus architecture
  • Be guided through the exhibitions by your expert tour guide
Full description
Don't miss out on the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, one of the most important museums in Europe in its field. This museum provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to marvel at the remnants of the first of civilization in Europe, the Minoans. This tour will guide you through a period of time that extends over a 5000 years, from the Neolithic to the Roman era. Find out how Cretan people used to live, their occupation, religion, architecture, travel, arts and more. This 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. The museum, located in the town center, was built between 1937 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The museum’s antiseismic building is an important example of modernist architecture and was awarded a Bauhaus commendation. The colours and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall paintings which imitate marble revetment. The two-story building has 27 galleries, a gallery for audio-visual displays, extensive modern laboratories, a cloakroom, a cafeteria and a museum shop that sells museum copies, books, postcards and slides.
Includes
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Small-group guided tour (English)
  • Entry ticket (€12 adult / €6 reduced)
  • Hotel transfer
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Entrance of Archeological Museum of Heraklion (look for the WeGuide sign)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please bring money for the entry ticket to the museum (€12 adult / €6 reduced)
  • Bring your ID/passport if you are eligible for a reduced ticket
  • The tour takes approximately 90 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Had the same guide as for the Knossos Palace. Maria my guide took the bus with me back to the museum and we continued the tour. The museum illustrates what The Minoan civilization was like: artefacts, religion, administration, etc... you need to go to the museum. I had a great tour going in chronological order so no confusion about what or who came first. Maria knows her history so it was pleasure to ask questions and discuss artefacts. I recommend you take this tour to visualize what the Knossos palace and the other smaller palaces around Crete were like.

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June 13, 2018

Magnifique musée et très bonne guide.

Visite parfaite. Le musée présente des collections remarquables d art minoen. Notre guide était très professionnelle. Attention toutefois si vous voulez rester ou retourner au musée par vous mêmes : les horaires de la brochure étaient faux. Donc demandez l heure de fermeture avant d acheter un billet. Nous avons acheté un billet à 15h15 et on nous a annoncé à 16h que le musée fermait alors que la brochure du musee indiquait 20h!

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April 15, 2019

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We had an amazing time with Akrivi. She was really helpful sharing the stories. Very friendly and also gave us some tips of what to do in Crete. I would highly recommend her. Thanks

January 15, 2019

Product ID: 157527