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“Cretan civilization”

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 51 things to do in Hersonissos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 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).
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 12, 2013

I liked very much the museum. It shows the rural life of cretan peasents. Many trees and flowers. Very good organized. We spent 3 unforgetable hours in this place. If you have children, you must visit the museum.

1  Thank Pisica
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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We went on our last day of holiday. Lovely little place with a nice coffee shop. We stopped for a coffee on the beach, they also have sunbeds, so can spend a whole day there ( serves snacks as well).

1  Thank lindabene
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We visited Crete slightly out of season (last week in April) so wern't sure what attractions would be open.

We stayed in Piskopiano and visited the museum on foot, it was easy to find and well signposted.

We were met at reception by a very friendly and welcoming lady who invited us to watch a short film about Cretan life before we began our tour. She also asked if we would like an audio guide for an extra 1euro, which we took and would recommend it. Without the audio guide you could wander round the museum without fully undertanding the significance of the items on display.

The museum gave a great insight into cretan life and was perfectly maintained. There were only 4/5 other visitors there when we were there which was perfect. I imagine in high season it could be quite busy and that may ruin the experience.

We also had a coffee in the cafe and the service was great.

A really good experience and glad we did it!

1  Thank Ashm87
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Saw the reviews and thought we would give it a go. ARE WE GLAD WE DID? YOU BET WE ARE!!

Went in via the beach entrance and greeted immediately and taken to the main entrance to pay a very reasonable fee.We then followed the suggested route and were amazed by the quality of the 'exhibits' and the number of them.

We actually did not watch the 'video' to introduce Crete and then the Museum until the end and I believe this added to the visit for us as the truth behind the museum is amazing. I will leave it to visitors to decide if we are right.

Too much detail from me will, I believe. possibly spoil it for others and reduce the 'Wow' factor of the place.

We spoke with one of the 'founders'/architects and found him full of enthusiasm and passion for the museum.

Whilst we were there they were doing a photo-shoot for a magazine (Stylist I believe). What setting to show off modern expensive clothes, shoes, jewellery against an 'ancient' down to earth picturesque background.

This place LIVED. If you have seen my review of Bowes Museum you know this is what I missed there although to be fair I have had some excellent correspondence with one of the staff there as to the future improvements.

2  Thank lynsam
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

A wonderful museum, low admission fee and the audio tour is only an extra euro. Beautiful surroundings and some fascinating exhibits, took a good couple of hours to see everything there. Very friendly staff too

2  Thank Sally J
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