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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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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I spent two and a half hour in the museum together with my girlfriend. It was a fantastic feeling to touch the taste of the natural life of Crete (I think this kind of musemum have to have all nations to understand the roots, not to lost every connection with the nature ...). The exhibition is logically planed very good,... More

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Poortugaal, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Small, but nice museum. A few buildings and gardens on style of older Crete. In the houses lots of artifacts from what people used while living here. You can get an audio-guide to get more information on the things you see there. Nice place for a morning activity while staying in Hersonissos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

very interesting to know about the lifestyle of the ancient inhabitants of Crete. A great moment of our trip; we learned a lot. Nothing to dislike. Highly recommended.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visiting this wonderful museum gives you a glimpse into how a middle class family would had lived 100 years ago. Built with no government funding, a local family with the help of local people and local materials helped to erect this much cherished time capsule, in the attempt to preserve the cretan lifestyle that seems to be getting swallowed up... More

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Koroni, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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