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Free entry to archeological sites, museums and monuments

Greece’s Culture and Sports Ministry is celebrating the European Days of Cultural Heritage with free entrance to 117 archaeological sites, museums and monuments across Greece.

At the weekend of September 29th and  30th 2018,  the European Cultural Heritage Days are celebrated:
entry to the archaeological sites, museums and monuments of the state is free.
Admission to the archaeological sites, monuments and museums is free  on the first Sunday of each month from 1 November  until 31st March of each year.

In a statement, the Ministry has a program of cultural events that take place in many museums and archaeological sites.

The full program in pdf in Greek is here. For Crete in English see below.

Also the National Day on 28th October,  the anniversary and international conventions days – 18th of April (International Day of Monuments), 18th May (International Museum Day), the two-day European Cultural Heritage Days (the last weekend of September each year) – and 6th March   (Memorial Day Melina Merkouri).

Free entry to museums & archeological sites

Source: KeepTalkingGreece


Heraklion, Archaeological Museum (21/9 – 2/10)
“Knossos, Heraklion, Candia: with the sea view”
A set of actions aiming at highlighting the particular role of the sea in shaping cosmopolitanism in settlements that have developed over time in the coastal area of ​​Heraklion.
21/9, 10:00: Workshop for the maintenance of selected ancient works from the marine environment for the general public
22/9, 9: 00-12: 00: Thematic Tours in the Minoan Collection to Primary School Students – Experiential Maintenance Workshop
23/9, 10:30 and 11:30: Thematic tours aimed at the general public (ancient times, Collection of Historical Times)
13:00 pm a thematic tour of the Historical Museum of Crete by an editor of the IMC
(medieval and younger times)
24/9, 19: 00-20: 00: Readings of Literary Texts by Members of the Union of Literature of the Prefecture of Heraklion 27/9, 19:00: Lecture by Mr A. Philippos, CEO, on “The Modern Picture of the Port Heraklion “. A thematic tour of the Collections of Minoan and Historical times will follow
29/9, 9: 00-12: 00: Thematic tours of the Minoan Collection to high school / lyceum students – Experiential maintenance workshop
30/9, 11:00 and 12:00: Thematic tours for the general public (Prehistoric times, Minoan Collection)
2/10, 19:00: Lecture of the Honorary Director of AMH, Mr. Nikos Dimopoulou, on “The port of Knossos in Poros-Katsambas: the gate of the Minoan Thalassocracy”. There will be a tour of the findings from Poros that are exhibited in the Minoan Collection of AMH.
T / 2810 279 000, 2810 279 072, 2810 279 073
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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion Port Authority, Association of Friends of Heraklion
Knossos Palace (22/9)
Guided tour: “The city and the palace of Knossos: a different tour” Knossos, at 11.00 pm / 2810 279 200, 2810 279 201
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Heraklion Ephorate of Antiquities, British School – Knossos Research Center
Venetian Fortress of Heraklion Port Venetian Fortress of Heraklion Port (22/9)
Workshop entitled “Knossos – Heraklion: History of Two Cities”, opening hours of speeches 18.00 -21.00 T / 2810 279 200, 2810 279 201, 2810
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Heraklion Ephorate of Antiquities, British School – Knossos Research Center
Lyttos Pediados – Prophet Elias Arkalochori Monofatsiou – Arcadia (Afrati Ini Monofatsiou (24/9)
Guided tour “An archaeological walk in Ancient Lytto, Prophet Elias (Arkalohori) and Greco-Roman Arcadia (Inni)”. Starting from the Town Hall of Minoa Pediados (Kastelli) at 9.30am
T / 2810279200, 2810 279 201
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Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion, Municipality of Minoa Pediados, Inato Cultural Association
Chania, Archaeological Museum (22/9)
“POL (e) IS” Music evening in AMX garden with Yar Aman, 25-member musical ensemble with strings, percussion and wind instruments in a multicultural musical journey to cities (e) familiar to the Mediterranean and the Balkans.
There will be a thematic guided tour of ancient Kydonia in the Museum to immigrant families living and working in Chania (in cooperation with the Immigrants’ Initiative) T / 28210 44 418
E.mail / Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania
Kissamos, Archaeological Museum (22/9, 9.00-12.00)
“Polis – state: Polirinia through its inscriptions” thematic educational tour for school groups (telephone registration required)
T / 2821044418/94487
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Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania
Onetou Goulediana, Rethymnon (23/9)
“Illustrations: POL (e) IS in the Gentilendan”. Guided tour and conversation on the evolution and transformation of the city in Oniet Gouledian from the archaic to the modern times
T / 28310 23653, 58842
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Web Address of the Temporary Exhibition of the Rethymno Archaeological Museum on facebook  Ephorate of Antiquities of Rethymnon, Gouledian Cultural Association


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