Heraklion, Archaeological Museum of Crete
The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and interesting museums in Greece. The museum was created by Joseph Hatzidakis and Stefanos Xanthoudides, who were the first directors and laid the foundations of the archaeological service in Crete. The current museum was built in the years 1937-1940, while at the same place during the Venetian rule, was the Catholic monastery of St. Francis, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856. The Archaeological Museum consists of 20 rooms where there are exhibits that come exclusively from Crete. The exhibits are mainly from Central and Eastern Crete, covering 5500 years of history. (from the Neolithic to the Roman era). The presentation of exhibits is based on the chronological development of the Minoan civilization. In the museum there are also workshops, library, offices and the scientific collection, where many of the findings are kept and studied.