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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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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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Nice, small museum

On a relatively small surface this museum introduces you to Crete and it's history. All the reconstructed and gathered items form a nice, well polished whole. They cater as much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a relatively small surface this museum introduces you to Crete and it's history. All the reconstructed and gathered items form a nice, well polished whole. They cater as much as possible for a wide international crowd and hence cover many languages. Well worth the visit and far from expensive.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Brilliant time from treading grapes to tasting wine,raki, potates, figs and cheese pies not forgetting the melon and of course grapes. Very educational and well worth the 3 hours we were there Special thanks to Yanis Mary and the rest of the staff. Thanks from. Jackie Tom and George

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are staying on the island, particularly in the Hersonissos, area this museum is a must. It is easily accessible; the public buses stop near the museum at Star Beach. In just an hour or two you get an exposure to all aspects of traditional Greek life. The audio guides are included with the admission, and are very helpful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum to learn about crete way of life,very Imformative ,can hire audio guides to go around with to give you information,only 6 euros to get in

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an old fashioned fun experience that allows every age to experience what life was like before package holidays changed the Med. It's so laid back you might get carried away but it's something that will get you thinking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place had some great exhibits on everyday life in Crete, especially at the turn of the century. Everything was accessible and not fenced/roped off. Almost felt like you were visiting someone's houses in the countryside a hundred years ago. There were nice places to stroll. The beach bordered the museum. The museum had a mom and pop feel to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hersonisos is very busy place, full of tourists. But this open air museum is quiet, peaceful, and our visit (two grown ups, no kids) was very relaxing. Founded privately by Markakis family it is a rare example of what a few people can achieve if they are passionate about it. Great for anyone to visit and relax, to learn something... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to spend couple of hours, learn a little bit about culture of Crete and old crafts, take some fine photos. Good for all ages. A nice walk and something a little bit different to break the beach time (though they do have their own small beach).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was really interesting, at the beginning we watched the film about history of this museum in the building with shadows and conditioning. The territory is quite big and gorgeous with all Greek plants and flowers. Also you can actually see how people lived many years ago. They have cafe and kind of mini shop Kind people around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely morning exploring this little gem. Worth watching the film at the beginning of the tour to get a sense for what the founders were trying to achieve. Its easy to take in for an hour or so and there are indoor and shaded areas to get out of the sun for a bit. There's also an... More 

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