Visit the Museum of Heraklion

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the largest museum of Crete and one of the most important museums in Greece.

It houses representative artefacts 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 recently reorganized Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The archeological Museum of Heraklion is a highlight of the city and definitely a must for those who want to understand the level of the Minoan civilization.

The museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1933 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos in the area where in the past the Roman Catholic Franciscan monastery was, which unfortunately was destroyed by a devastating earthquake back in 1856.

The main building of the museum was closed for interior renovation from November 2006 to May 2013 with a small temporary exhibition remaining opened. The archeologists reorganized the Minoan collection, making the museum of Heraklion one of the most interesting of the world.

Make arrangements and book you guide for a guided tour at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Meet your qualified licensed guide at the entrance of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and enjoy a visit in one of the most important museums of the world.

Duration : Estimate  the duration of the  guided tour of the museum  to at least  1 hour and 45 min . For  an extended  guided tour for guests  with special interest in archeaology , please contact us  at   to make an appointment ( at a convenient time to avoid the groups ) and to inform you about the cost.

Cost : The cost of the private  tour is 220  euro ( guiding services, all taxes  and VAT 24%) – entrance fees are not included

Group  capacity :  Maximum participants up to 5.  For a larger group , please contact us at 

I have a rental car, can I park close to the Museum of Heraklion ? There are three parking lots available close to the museum, the cost may vary. It is  relatively easy to find empty space and park close to the main entrance . It also depends on the date of issue. Estimate the cost of the parking  from 4 to 7 euro. If you are staying at one of the city hotels, then the museum might be just 5 min walk from your accommodation.

Kindly please note that the museum of Heraklion  from 1st of April of 2024 will have time slots and time zones ( also capacity for the visittors ) so book early and be on time – The cost of museum ticket per adult is 12 euro . Guests are responsible to bring and provide the proper  documentation for reduced tickets .



Meet your qualified guide at the archaeological Museum  for a guided tour.


  • Services of a professional licensed qualified guide or an archeologist qualified guide.
  • Invoice will be provided by our travel agency, TGC –Cretan Tour Experts.
  • bottle of water per person
  • Maps and plans of the site and Heraklion
  • VAT (24 %)  and all taxes

Not included :

  • Entrance tickets are not included ( but we can prebuy the entrance fees upon request to avoid any lines)
  • Transportation not included ( but can be arranged upon request)

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