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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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Good to visit to understand Cretans past

Good to visit to understand Cretans past It was nice to see the Lychnostatis Museum which tries to present the traditional life of Cretan people. Many similarities with the way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Good to visit to understand Cretans past It was nice to see the Lychnostatis Museum which tries to present the traditional life of Cretan people. Many similarities with the way of living of other nations in the past and present still in the world. But please be careful do not entre from sea – beach side which you see here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

for a taste of old Crete, this museum is excellent. From learning about the herbs they used for medicine and cooking, to how they make firewater (raki) and even wine - this is the place for you. Sitting bu the edge of the sea so you get a little breeze to cool you down, there are ample places to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This museum is a little gem. It's very well laid out which enables easy assimilation of the information. Very interesting and informative. Staff are very friendly and helpful. A must do if you're in the local area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We spent a few hours at this lovely place, where we discovered a lot about traditional Cretan life. The only inconvenient was finding our way around, but we managed that with the help of the map provided by the museum staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a great little museum/attraction, gives a great idea of past Cretan life. Good value. Great attraction if weather is not good (or too hot to stay on beach). Was a little busy and rowdy when we visited as there were a lot of school visits there (well behaved kids!), so we had to miss a couple of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

First visited over 14 years ago. Still very interesting and great to learn about crete culture. Thanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was the last day of our Cretan holiday and we decided to pay this museum a visit. We decided not to pay extra to have the guided tour or to see the film about it. We found it very interesting and learned a lot about the Greek way of life in days gone by. Well worth the entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We spent a lovely morning at the museum which is dedicated to traditional Crete life and crafts. Recommend watching the short video before following the numbered map as it explains how the owners Yiannis & Maria and family built the museum and the philosophy behind it in terms of their commitment to using traditional methods and recycling everything used to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Great exhibits. You get a numbered map to find your way around what is in fact a compact area, but it makes great use of the space. Fascinating and heart-warming story of how it came to be. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Spent the morning with my husband looking around this museum which proved very interesting more so than we expected. A well maintained site which gave us a lot of opportunities to take photos. The staff at the entrance were very helpful also

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Address: Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
Phone Number: +30 2897 023660
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Hersonissos
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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