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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Ranked #3 of 11 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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stanford le hope
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very interesting-learnt lots about life in rural Crete-also several areas to keep cool. Staff were helpful and were able to answer our questions

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. Short walk from hotel, it is a must see. Showing Cretan life. Theres a church, homes, gardens, windmill, its ace. Very informative and interesting too! There is no rush, take your time going round, it was very quiet when I went. You can pay an extra euro and get a radio guide that explains things along the... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Good ethnographic museum. Definitely take the audio guide for €1 - it would make the visit much more valuable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Appon arrival you can if you like see a short video about the place.we didn't bother because we were to keen to have a look around.this place really opens your eyes to days gone past and the style of living and their life style.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Didn't know what to expect but the work that has gone into this attraction is amazing, especially for the few people that have put it together. They've done a wonderful job of displaying the Cretan culture with an overwhelming display of a variety of stuff. Their emphasis on ecology and conservation is impressive. Expect to spend more than an hour... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

loved this little open air museum,lots of history,the old Cretan middle class house was lovely,if you like historical things its well worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We spent a lovely couple of hours here. The audio guide was very informative and the staff very friendly and passionate about the place. Well worth a visit and very reasonable entrance fee!

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ipswich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

only found out about this from a leaflet at the bus stop, but it was a real surprise. A family run museum which is very educational and interesting. It costs just 6 euros entry which is well worth it.

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