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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a must-see in Crete — and all of Greece, even — for its extensive collection of Minoan art. Highlights include a mini-statue of a Snake Goddess and the Phaistos Disk, a clay tablet with symbols that have not been deciphered to this day. All artifacts (spanning some 5,000 years of history) in this museum were excavated exclusively from archaeological sites in Crete.

You'll find this museum (also known as the Archaeological Museum of Iraklio) in central Heraklion. Hours are seasonal. From November to March, the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. From April to October, hours are 8 a.m. to 8 pm. daily. Tickets are 6 EUR and a combination ticket, which includes admission to the Palace of Knossos, is 10 EUR. Recent visitors highly recommend visiting both of these places, as some artifacts featured were excavated from the Palace of Knossos. 

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