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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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for lpeople interested in traditional life

Brilliant idea of recycling almost anything in a constructive way. A film introducing the philosophy of the place puts you in the picture.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Brilliant idea of recycling almost anything in a constructive way. A film introducing the philosophy of the place puts you in the picture.

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Stalis, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you are staying on the north eastern side of Crete, I would strongly recommend you allocate one morning to visit this exhibition. It's open 9:30 until 14:00 most days, and you really need a couple of hours to truly appreciate the exhibits. Possibly not one for children who are easily bored, or not into history. With it being mainly... More 

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Decided on the spur of the moment to visit the museum . And was glad we did . It was a very informative look into the past . The staff were friendly . The museum its self was well laid out would recommend it well worth a visit

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Don't leave Hersonissos without visiting Lychnostatis Museum! An amazing journey through history and definitely the best place to learn a lot about traditional cretan culture! Only a word: WOW!

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lychnostatis open air museum is a hidden gem. Built with passion, the collection consists of authentic items of cretan culture, agriculture and many more. The visitor will take a trip to cretan living history, while been introduced to habits and past way of living. Everything can be part of the exhibition, nothing is useless. Finishing the tour, do not hesitate... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A wonderful insight into Cretan culture..A museum with plenty to see and a warm welcome from the staff..Easy to find and a very pleasant few hours reading and trying to get a feel for the "real" Crete..We do tend to read as much as we can..!!! Inexpensive with a small snack bar type restaurant that provides traditional Greek food..Great value... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Really beautiful park which takes you to a different time and a MUST VISIT as you will learn a lot about traditional cretan culture. I especially liked the little church the school room the winemaking

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

After being thoroughly confused whilst paying (one person swapping with another, and neither knowing that we'd paid) the museum was interesting, with enough english information to get the gist of things. Enjoyed stomping grapes and trying traditional foods, though be aware that there is no air-con throughout the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was a very nice Museum. I went there with my family. There are many things to see and learn. The location is not far from the center . Its near star beach water park. It was a nice time there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

"'Lychnostatis "'etnographic museum in Hersonissos is the best etnographic museum in Crete and in Greece also . Museum osnovan mestnim doktorom professorom oftalmologom s druzjami , very informative excursion , very friendly and competentnie gidi english and russian speaking . very interesting event on wednesdays always ; wine ,raki , deserts and seasonal fruits degustations , interesting presentations with films... More 

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