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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Hersonissos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora... more » 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). « less
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Koroni, Greece
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A very well organised and interesting museum, full of many different aspects of Cretan life. The video shown at the beginning of your visit tells you so much about the life on Crete, and how the museum came about. There was a very helpful Dutch lady on the staff, and she explained many things to us. Recommend a visit early... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Went here after reading reviews and so glad we did. Beautiful place and very creative & informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

we visited the museum on a hot summer day and we cant say anything bad about it. starting with two movies in english as introduction for the tour. one about crete and their peoples habits, while the second was about the museum and its starting days till today. after the movie we walked around the site, and with the help... More

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Yorkshire Dales
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21 reviews 21 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I spent a wonderful couple of hours here with my OH a couple of weeks ago. The whole place is an inspiration with interesting, 'historical' reconstructions of many types of Cretan buildings, themed exhibits and explanatory materials/videos. It is beautifully laid out, unusual in content and as such thoroughly beguiling. The well run cafe was a shady, welcome stop half... More

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Poole
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27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were offered a 20 minute film when we arrived that gave us a chance to understand the site and why it was built. The site is open until 2:pm and due to a very confusing set of signs we got lost and only arrived at 1:pm, which we feared might be too late. Still, we watched the film and... More

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Moscow
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Just an interesting place to see if you stay not far from it. Excursions on various languages included into entrance fee (about 6EUR if i remember correctly), small shop with oils, herbs etc.

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Liopetri, Cyprus
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The museum was an exclusive opportunity to meet the Cretan culture and ancient life.MUST BE VISITED!

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This museum will be the best introduction to Crete and it's history and culture. The history of the museum itself is very special. It's not some kind of an attraction to make money using tourists. It's a place where people that love their history and traditions want to share it with people coming to their home. The founder of the... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Really nice open air museum that was founded by one family without any govermental supprot. They built everything by them selves with help of passionate local people and even visitors. The place offers insight in too Cretan past with its small buildings and beautiful hand crafts. A house, small church, school and many more buildings are build with attention to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Museum is a complete reconstruction of life in another era. You see reproductions of agricultural activities - how they made bread, wine, wool, honey, cheese. You see town and farmer's houses complete with household objects, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, cradles for babies .. a very rich collection of original objects. The family and village folk who helped them... More

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