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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
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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Brighton
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We've just returned from an enjoyable holiday in Crete, where we visited Lychnostatis on 15/10/14. We chose a Wednesday to visit as there promised to be many extras due to the weekly 'Grape Festival'. It did not disappoint! Although the usual entry fee of 5 euros increases to 12 for this day it was well worth it. Samples of wine,... More

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We went here on the last morning of our holiday so only had a couple of hours before we had to catch the coach to the airport. You really need to allow yourselves a lot longer and pay for the audio tapes which you can take round with you and will explain what you are looking at!! We will go... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We had to rush 'round as we only had about an hour before we had to be back for our airport bus. But it was fascinating, without being tedious. It was like being in a little Greek village; very pretty and very informative. Will spend more time there next time we are in Crete.

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helensburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Traditional and with an eye on conservation. Very cheap too, also used the audio guide which helped. Not very well advertised but glad we went.

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Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you like the history of a culture, then this museum is a must. Lots of interesting facts and artefacts. The guide was excellent and brought the village to life for us. Highly recommended.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

check this place out, they have fruit fests and other wee events here at times. And a cafe which was welcome after a long walk from the east side of town....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Just go there and get a reai insight into cretian life!! Admission is only 8 euros and well worth it.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Visited this museum last year and thought it worth a return visit but was very disappointed. It looked as though none of the exhibits had been looked after and many of them were disintegrating or rusty. Won't be returning again.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a fabulous museum run by a very friendly family, however it is not suited to wheeling a pram around and we didn't get the most out of the trip as a result.

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