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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
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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A museum of village life as it was with the advantage of access to a beach

This is a small but well presented museum of rural life in the past. There is an introductory video and exhibits range from a village house, leathershop, shepherds hut, school... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a small but well presented museum of rural life in the past. There is an introductory video and exhibits range from a village house, leathershop, shepherds hut, school room, kitcen garden, olive press, carob mill and much more. Facities include a cafe and toilets. A bonus is access to a beach with simple tables and chairs you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The best museum I have found in Greece, reflecting life in Crete. Easy to find but without a car park (park by the beach). €7 for each adult with a complementry audio guide. Children might be a bit bored by the free film show but there were a couple of school groups there who were enjoying it. Some steps so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Small museum on a side of Hersonissos. You can learn how the traditional Greek life looked like. Showing almost all aspects of the village life. You can see multimedial presentation and buy some local products in a small shop. Absolutely must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Overall Lihnostasis (me with my education, and cultural historian son preschool) very much. It is not a museum in the conventional sense, but a whole range of small museums, partly under the open sky, in part on the premises. Gen. Cretans illuminated in all possible aspects, from the leather shop and finishing loom. There are two-storey house, built entirely on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Located in one of the principal tourist areas in Crete, the museum is, apart from a valuable tourist asset, an exemplary self - motivated conduct on tradition, culture and environment of the island. For 6 euro to see: Cretan Folk Tradition and Ethnology, Cretan Nature and Environment,Cretan Folk Culture. Approx 2 hours to spend in open place witch something to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

very interesting looking a cretan history. has a cafe area and audiao guide so you can here about everything as you go round.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A wonderful trip into Cretan history - The audio could have been better but l understand they are working on that. A lovely location and a great,informative morning spent. This museum is well worth visiting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This place is not really a museum but is definitely worth a visit. It is a step back in time experience. Give yourself a couple of hours to enjoy the relaxing environment. The museum closes at 2pm so get there early. It is a bit off the main road but can be seen from it between bus stops 24 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Just came from Lychnostatis. The museum is large enough (with a child stayed there for about 1.5 hours). There really is something to see. Lihnostasis - unlike the vast majority of their fellow - a museum where you can at least something to touch. For children it is important.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A nice museum with some impressive things but nothing that will blow you away. Free to roam about but no locks on the toilet doors and poor audio guide (which you pay extra for) and overpriced gift shop aint great. A nice visit but average at best. The Aqua world Aquarium is a much better day out.

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MuseumLYCHNOSTATIS, Visitors' Service Department at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, responded to this review

I am very surprised by your response to your visit to our Museum. It’s a malicious review based on a HASTY visit. For example, you say: “A nice museum with some impressive things but nothing that will blow you away.” It’s a pity that you missed the chance to understand why this museum is "THE MOST POPULAR AND RECOMMENDED" museum... More 

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