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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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Description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by...
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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We visited Lychnostatis Open Air Museum in August 2015. It was very nice and interesting learning about the old Cretan life: wine making, olive-oil making, bee-keeping, fishing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We visited Lychnostatis Open Air Museum in August 2015. It was very nice and interesting learning about the old Cretan life: wine making, olive-oil making, bee-keeping, fishing. Also i liked very much the traditional Cretan house. The staff was very friendly. You can take an audio guide which helps you find more things about Cretan life and you can also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Museum is worth to visit, as well as museum of Rural Life at Piscopiano nearby. Lychnostatis gives an academic attitude for saving Cretan lifestyle, simple and visually supportive. I like the video, and the information from audio guide was very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Found this whilst our walking 4 euros each. Worth every penny, well laid out with English translations and the staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nice to learn about the ancient way of living. Nice for the kids. Very friendly staff who seem to know every language. Nice beach next door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Excellent, really loved venturing back in time to see old Cretan life Audio available to help with going around the sites. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Plenty to learn about Crete from visiting the museum. Greek dancing and they get you involved. Food and wine tasting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

walked from Arminda hotel. Mostly downhill and as I use a walking frame I did very well to make it to the museum. Met by a lovely lady who was very informative and helpful. It was a extremely hot day but round every corner there was something great to see. I found the audio extremly helpful, getting to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I was not very keen on the audio tour I received (it was a hand held device on which you pressed buttons to correspond with whichever part of the museum you were at) though it was very informative, perhaps overly so. I was extremely impressed by the language skills the staff had, at least one of them could speak Greek,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great family run museum of local family history; we stayed at the nearby Arminda Hotel, a nice comfortable walw

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

It was well worth the walk to this little gem. We spent much longer than we thought we would. The audio guide is an invaluable font of information. The mixture of poetry, sculpture and traditions was perfect. I only wish we'd arrived earlier so we could have had even more time.

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