Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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 .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 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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MarieM871518
Bracknell, UK6 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
What a lovely little place! Following reviews on Trip Advisor we decided to take a walk down to here from Nana Golden Beach (about 10 mins). The lady on the gate was extremely friendly and helpful, we paid €17 for 2 adults, 2 children & an audio guide. The museum is very insightful to Cretan life with lots to look at - our children loved exploring all the different areas, going in all the different rooms and it sparked a lot of questions from them. It took us about an hour to walk around but it was hot and little legs had had enough, the map recommends about 75 mins if you listen to the audio guide at every stop, which we didn’t do. There is a little cafe and souvenir shop at the end, where you can sit and have a drink under shady trees by the beach front. There is a little beach outside the back of the museum which we didn’t stop at but we walked back this way to our hotel.
Written July 27, 2022
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Aimee Y
Tiverton, UK34 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
I would recommend visiting this place no matter what age range you’re travelling with (we had my father, 78, my husband and I, our kids 3 & 6). The ladies who greeted us at the front desk were so smiley and friendly. They explained everything. The museum is interactive in places so great for children. The movie we watched was really fascinating.
It did get very hot for the children walking around but we still managed 2 hours and could have easily spent longer there!
The little girl serving in the shop/cafe/restaurant area is adorable as well, very sweet and smiley and offered us some little drinks which my children enjoyed trying. Thank you for such an informative and enjoyable experience if we ever come back to hersonisoss we’ll definately be returning.
Written September 8, 2022
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Laura T
10 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is a really lovely day out, there's lots to see, great views from the balcony in the house and a lovely and cheap cafe. The lady on the reception desk was lovely and really kind. We took our 18 month old and she loved it but it would also be good for older kids too. There's lots to see and touch and we found it all very interesting. We used the baby change/disabled toilet and it had a nice clean baby change table and was a very clean bathroom to use. The cafe while limited menu was good, had a great cup of coffee and is very very cheap.
Written May 4, 2022
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Mateusz
Western Pomerania Province, Poland5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Great place for people interested in Ancient Greece theme. There is a map for the whole museum, you can buy entrance with audio description in many languages (PL, DE, GB, FR) for 9€ which is fair in my opinion. Lovely person at the reception desk, easy communication in english and as a goodbye I could’ve tried local greek bread which was tasty :) Recommend in 100%
Written August 23, 2022
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Helen
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This place is fantastic. If you're interested in learning about traditional Crete then is definitely worth a visit, it gives you a real insight to how life was.
The audio guide for an extra €2 is recommended as this gives you much more of an explanation to each part. Also I recommend watching the short video before you start the tour, this tells you how and why the museum was built, which is very interesting.
Also, try the traditional herbal tea in the cafe, it's delicious!
Written June 19, 2022
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Michelle D
62 contributions
Jul 2022
This Open air Museum is just magnificient. At first, lady at the desk is really nice and offers you a guide in your language (or very similar - we are from Slovakia and they even had one in czech :)) The museum is quite spacious, there is a lot information to see and read, punctual to details with lots of explanations about plants, harvesting, etc. On the other side of the museum is a beautiful view to the sea - it is also an exit right to the beach and a nice bar right at the beach next to the museum.
This experience was just lovely and you can really see that people who have this are passionate and really care about the place.
Written August 10, 2022
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Natalia B
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Aug 2022 • Couples
My husband and I were on vacation in Hersonissos the last week of August. When we were walking, we accidentally came across this open-air museum. I didn't even expect the strong emotions and impressions that this museum caused me. This is an absolutely amazing place, which is not only just a museum, where household items and the life of the inhabitants of Crete have been carefully collected, but it is a wonderful place with a special atmosphere. The founder of the museum put all his love and soul into creating this amazing museum. And it's just impossible not to feel it. And it's great that already for several generations since the foundation of the museum, they have continued to develop this idea, carefully collect Cretan cultural objects and invest their love and soul in the existence of this museum. This is one of the most beautiful museums that I have ever seen, where you can not only enjoy a walk through the life of Crete for the centuries, but also relax on the beach that adjoins the museum and enjoy the refreshing drinks that the museum offers you. My husband and I spent a wonderful time in this heavenly place, among the friendly and attentive staff of the museum and this will be one of the most memorable impressions of our visit to the island of Crete. Many thanks and we wish prosperity and the realization of all the ideas to the successors of the Lichnostatis museum.
Written September 2, 2022
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Clare655
Cardiff, UK48 contributions
Aug 2020
We visited in August during the pandemic it was quiet and felt safe. We enjoyed the walk around the traditional old buildings and looking inside them from an old school to a house, shepherds hut, church and others. Very informative displays showing everything from local plants, fruit, farming tools, fishing etc. They had a large entertainment area too and every July they have wine making festivals there and traditional music and dancing which I would love to come back to next year. The staff were very welcoming and informative and enjoyed sharing their knowledge.
Written October 24, 2020
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Matt S
Ilminster, UK140 contributions
Apr 2022
A brilliant little museum! also very cheap, I recomend the audio guide for 2 euro extra and give a good backround in chosen language to the site and displays.
It is much bigger than it looks, we were there for a couple hours.
Great insight in to Crete and some history. Lovey rooms and displays. Also has a little cafe.
The lady was very helpfull especially when our Son fell and cut his arm, she helped with first aid and gave hime a magic fizzy to cheer him up!
well worth a visit.
Written April 20, 2022
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK3,414 contributions
Jun 2022
WE walked over to the museum very early from Stalis to beat the heat and so almost had the whole place to ourselves.
A route is available for visitors to follow and it begins by wending its way through fruit trees to show what can be grown in the area.
An hour or two later and we had been led round everything from original cottage rooms and a little church to a herb garden, raki making equipment, a shepherd's hut and a windmill.
Crucially on a very hot day the cafe provided us with glasses of fresh orange juice and benches to sit on and get our breath back before the walk back to Stalis.
The site has good toilets and a little shop area to buy products and souvenirs.
Very good way to pass a morning and learn a little about how life used to be on Crete.
Written June 22, 2022
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