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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

The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at...

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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Lovely museum

Really enjoyed our few hours here, completely enjoyed the history of building the museum and the history of Crete albeit slightly out of date. The lady at the gate was really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our few hours here, completely enjoyed the history of building the museum and the history of Crete albeit slightly out of date. The lady at the gate was really helpful and knowledgeable, not overly busy so can wander around and enjoy at your leisure. Please go and support, it's worth every penny!

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Province of Belluno, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An underrated museum, it should have more exposition. Liked it a lot, so many interesting stuffs right there.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought this would be boring, but thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family (we were a group of 5 ranging from 14 to 67). Audible guide very easy to use and the staff spoke very good English. They also gave us advice on other local attractions and places to visit. Spent at least 3 hours looking round and finished off... More 

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Dymchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought this would be a bit boring but I have to say it was very interesting. We were a group of 9 ranging from 50 year olds to teenagers to 12 year olds. We all found it interesting. The wood carving are fantastic. The younger ones really liked seeing how things used to be done. There are lots of hands... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were able to walk to the museum from our appartment. At the entrance we were met by a very helpful, multi lingual Greek woman who advised us on the audio guide pack. Our visit took around 3 hours, and we never felt hurried, or in other people's way. The layout is charming and there is so much detail to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had never visited this museum before although I go to Crete regularly and I am really pleased I got to it. It is quite a charming, private open air museum that shows how Cretans lived in the late 19th, early 20th centuries. It shows all aspects of their life. I particularly enjoyed the reconstructed houses of the rural folk... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Lychnostatis is a museum, located on the north shore of Crete, near Chersonissos. which all visitors of Crete should visit. It travels the visitor throughout the life on Crete in the last centuries. All items are exposed the way people were using centuries ago. The visit is very educational especially for children, not only from foreign countries but also from... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Get off at bus stop 25 and walk a short distance to get here, it's a quaint little place showing how the islanders traditionally lived.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We came here on our last day of our holiday to Crete and it was lovely. Beautifully built and the history was breathtaking. A must see place and the staff were lovely too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Very interesting. Beside the beach - just walk along the beach beyond 'Star Beach' and the campsite. Nicely done. Highlight was the dancing troup who gave demo of Cretan/Greek dancing with chance to join in. Food and drink tastiong too - real party atmosphere but this only takes place on Weds mornings. Informative tours of Cretan life through various buildings... More 

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