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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
+30.28970.23660
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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 café. 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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Accrington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Interesting museum and insight into Crete in the past. Especially liked the wine making and the traditional cretan house. Worth a visit if you are looking for something a little different.

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South Yorkshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This museum of Cretan life is well worth a visit. It is extremely well thought out and put together. We particularly enjoyed watching the film of the origins of the museum and how it was developed.

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Crete, Greece
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

quite by accident, we discovered this museum and it is highly recommended, very friendly staff, they even speak Dutch at the reception, it was a fine afternoon, we also have eaten there a delicious sandwich at a reasonable price. Thanks and maybe later

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a quirky, unusual museum - a rural retreat right in the middle of the most built up tourist centre in Crete. It's well worth a visit, even if you're not the sort who generally includes museums in your holiday itinerary. You're free to wander around, clamber over the buildings and touch many of the exhibits. There are examples... More

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durham
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We walked past this little museum on our first day (Friday) and at first sight thought it looked like some sort of ‘Micky Mouse’ effort and, having been to such things before, not really worth bothering with. However we had noticed a sign over the road advertising a Winefest there at 11am on Wednesdays and as we had nothing better... More

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Caerphilly
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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The grape treading and dancing on Wednesday is very enjoyable, though we did not indulge ourselves. Watching the Russians was great fun. The museum itself is privately owned and a brave attempt to preserve some of the Cretan traditions.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

We came upon this place on Trip Advisor and spent a very interesting couple of hours looking around at Crete as it was. Very calm and staff helpful, we had a very good value lunch as well. Highly recommended.

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great way to spent a few hours looking at the old buildings and artifacts while indulging in raki , wine , and tasty foods and then having a go at greek dancing . SUPERB

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stumbled on the open air museum by accident on one of our walks, this is a hidden gem. We spent a couple of hours here, it shows how the cretan people lived and worked over 100 years ago, going in all the buildings was fascinating and the information supplied was excellent. If you are a keen photographer there is... More

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Bollebygd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

A very exciting museum with a big heart. Old traditions mixed with new ideas and profound feeling for nature and environment

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