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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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Address: Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2897 023660
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at...

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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After a walk along the seafront walkway we arrive at Lychnostatis. We did the tour which was well explained any questions were answered. The area is well looked after there's a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a walk along the seafront walkway we arrive at Lychnostatis. We did the tour which was well explained any questions were answered. The area is well looked after there's a snack bar and table and chairs. Some of the wood carvings are pretty impressive, and the site is very pleasant to wander around. Its not a huge site, to... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For such a little place and only 6€ entry this place is amazing to the point that my nan who hates anything historical found the entire museum fascinating. The staff are really informative. When you start there is a short video about the building of the museum and then you are free to wonder as you choose and delve into... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really interesting museum. Especially liked the traditional house. Not your run of the mill museum. Helpful staff.

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Eersel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I interested with this museum since at the gate. I thought it's beautiful place,unique and traditional blended together. A staff accepted us and she's so friendly and could speak a few languages. She gave us a few brochures+a map, then we started our journey in this museum. Here, I felt like goes back with a time machine, many new things... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Nice place directly at the beach to spend a few hours. Not expensive and not crowded. Staff is very friendly and multi-language, also guidance in several languages. Recommended for families with smaller children.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Really lovely place to visit with the children, very interesting. Nice little area for Tea and coffee and trying some of local delights. Very close to a small beach too so you can make a day of it.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A nice stop , just after Chersonissos with traditional houses and very close to the see . It is within walking distance , but avoid to walk by the main road ( busy , with a lot of buses) The recreated traditional house with the loom is interesting , to take pictures, since not a lot of traditional houses has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed our few hours here, completely enjoyed the history of building the museum and the history of Crete albeit slightly out of date. The lady at the gate was really helpful and knowledgeable, not overly busy so can wander around and enjoy at your leisure. Please go and support, it's worth every penny!

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Province of Belluno, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

An underrated museum, it should have more exposition. Liked it a lot, so many interesting stuffs right there.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We thought this would be boring, but thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family (we were a group of 5 ranging from 14 to 67). Audible guide very easy to use and the staff spoke very good English. They also gave us advice on other local attractions and places to visit. Spent at least 3 hours looking round and finished off... More 

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