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Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide

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Free cancellation
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Audio guide
Guided tour

Experience one of the oldest and most important museums in Greece – the Heraklion Archaeological Museum – at your own pace with an audio tour and priority access.


  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum – home to the most historic Minoan artifacts in Greece and in the world.

  • With skip-the-line benefits and an English audio guide – which you can download onto your smartphone – this is definitely a hassle-free and informative way to visit the Museum.

  • You'll see exquisite pieces of Cretan art, prehistory, and history – over 5,500 years old from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

  • Some significant exhibits include Phaistos Disc, Snake Goddess, and Stone Bull's Head Rhyton while the most ancient frescoes include the Bull-Leaping Fresco, Prince of the Lilies, and much more.

  • Listen to your informative guide for both a history tour and 80+ interesting stories. You can even repeat this audio guide after your Museum visit.


  • Admission to all parts of the Museum

  • Self-guided English or German audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS only)

  • Offline content (text, audio narration, and maps)


  • Live Guide

  • Smartphone and headphones

  • Food and drinks

  • Transfers and transportation

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Pay a visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece and in Europe. At the center of Minoan art and historic preservation, this museum experience is sure to enthrall you with one-of-a-kind exhibits, artifacts, frescoes, and more. With skip-the-line access and an English audio guide – which you download onto your smartphone – start your self-guided visit on a smooth note. Your guide not only has history and facts about everything you’ll see but also include more than 80 stories about the Minoan era.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum was built between 1904 - 1907 over the remains of the St. Francis Monastery, which had fallen apart during an earthquake in 1856. It now houses the most valuable pieces of Cretan prehistory and history in the world, spanning 5,500 years old. Some of the figurines that you’ll see include Seated Female Figurine, Snake Goddess figurines – a group of ancient sculptures excavated in 1903 in the Minoan palace at Knossos – The Poppy Goddess, and more.

Coming to other significant artifacts, you simply can’t miss the Golden Bee Pendant, Phaistos Disc, Minos Ring – supposed to have belonged to the legendary King Minos – and Stone Bull’s Head Rhyton, and much more. Each artifact tells a story of its own.

One of the most unmissable frescoes on view at the Museum is the famous Bull-Leaping Fresco, one of the most completely restored stucco panels. Archaeologists and anthropologists have studied this fresco for centuries to understand its meaning. Other priceless frescoes include the Blue Bird Fresco, The Cup Bearer, Prince of the Lillies, and more.

Covid-19 Safety Information

  • Visitors must mandatorily adhere to the safety guidelines of the Museum.

  • Inside the museum, facial masks are mandatory for all visitors.

  • Non-medical protective face masks and frequent use of a hand sanitizer containing no less than 70% alcohol is strongly advised.

  • The maximum number of visitors to the museum may be modified (at any time) and special restrictions may be imposed due to current circumstances at the time.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 1.5-meters when in open spaces and 2-meters when in closed spaces. Especially in queues, a distance of 1.5-meters between visitors should be maintained at all times.

  • Suitcases or trolleys are not allowed inside.

Audio Guide Information

  • Please bring your own charged smartphone and headphones.

  • The audio guide is available in English and German.

  • The audio tour is incompatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, and iPad Mini 1st generation.

  • You’ll need storage space on your phone to download the audio guide (100-150 MB).

  • Download your ticket(s) & audio tour prior to your visit. There’s no wifi/4G onsite.

Important Information

  • Free/reduced admission tickets don’t have skip-the-line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site.

  • This Museum experience is suitable for wheelchair users.

  • The Museum is one of the most visited sites in Crete. The best time to visit is early in the morning or at the end of the day. It’s more crowded during the holidays and over weekends.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as there’s lots of walking involved.

  • Photography (without flash and tripods) is allowed.

Operating Hours

1 Apr - 31 Oct

  • Mon: 8am - 8pm

  • Tue: 10am - 8pm

  • Wed to Sun: 8am - 8pm

1 Nov - 30 Nov

  • Mon: 8am - 6pm

  • Tue: 10am - 6pm

  • Wed to Fri: 8am - 6pm

1 Dec - 31 Mar

  • Mon: 9am - 4pm

  • Tue: 10am - 5pm

  • Wed to Sun: 9am - 4pm

Recommended visiting hours: 10am – 12pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Show your ticket at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

  • Address: Stefanou Xanthoudidou 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece.

  • Landmark: Aquila Atlantis Hotel.

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Heraklion. It's a quick 5-min walk to the attraction.

  • The popular bus line is Heraklion-Rethymno.


This ticket is valid for the date selected during checkout.

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