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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists...
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora Collection, with gardens of fruit- trees, aromatic herbs, cactus, shrubs and plants, stones and minerals of Crete. Ethnographic Collection, with a presentation of Cretan traditional life (a stone- made farmhouse, a middleclass house, a chapel, an olive- oil press, a windmill, a shepherd's shelter, a threshing floor, a wine- vat, a raki- distillery, workshops of ceramics, weaving and plant- dyeing, an old school, a bee's & wax house).Art collection with works of folk artists exhibited in the Folk Artist's Gallery, the Open- Air Theatre and the Exhibitions' Room.Collection of pre-Industrial Technology with equipment (olive- oil press, windmill, carob-mill, herb-press) used in the past. The Museum organizes a range of educational programs and its Audiovisual Department produces films, CD- ROM's, DVD' s presented daily in the Multimedia & Conference room. It has also a Museum-shop and a cafe. The Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2010 and honoured by the University of Crete in 1997 for its ecological activities. "LYCHNOSTATIS" is open for a daily visit with a guided- tour, from (Saturday closed).
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was a very nice Museum. I went there with my family. There are many things to see and learn. The location is not far from the center . Its near star beach water park. It was a nice time there.

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

"'Lychnostatis "'etnographic museum in Hersonissos is the best etnographic museum in Crete and in Greece also . Museum osnovan mestnim doktorom professorom oftalmologom s druzjami , very informative excursion , very friendly and competentnie gidi english and russian speaking . very interesting event on wednesdays always ; wine ,raki , deserts and seasonal fruits degustations , interesting presentations with films... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

You'll find this museum at the end of the strip of shops/restaurants in Hersonissos just past Star Beach Water Park. It is open air so you can still enjoy the sunshine as you have a walk around the well laid out museum which has displays of local gardens, traditional village house and contents, small church and tools and other items... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Such lovely views and so much detail, I loved it there. I learnt loads more about Crete in 90 minutes than I did the rest of my holiday.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Very nice museum had the option for a small cost to see a film and have audio narration.Well worth a visit quite a bit to see depending on the way you want your visit to be.You could spend a few hours there as on a Wednesday they were doing grape treading and traditional crafts or if short of time you... More 

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

open air A well presented taste of how people lived many years ago in Greece Houses and farms with furnishings and machinery giving the feel as though you were there Also a video of Greek culture

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went for the grape pressing etc, costing us 12 Euros each. As experienced by others, this was interesting and we got wine (rough), hot potatoes (good), apple syrup (very nice), fresh figs & cheese pasties (delicious), plus some raki (heh!). There was a background film, which was interesting, and the cretan house was great. However, some of the other... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We loved the audio tour and being able to wander about and find the various areas the audio tour and map suggested to go to next, and the audio tour was clear and had lots of little info nuggets as well as the main thing it was talking about. There was plenty of shade, it was a very hot day,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A small but well-cared for open-air museum showing aspects of traditional life on Crete in times past. Decently organised and set-up. Maybe a little tired-looking in places but this just adds to the charm of the place. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Interesting museum showing different aspects of rural life in the past. The owner certainly had a great vision in building this place. Audioguide didn't add much information, but it was only 1€ to hire. Nice cafe.

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