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“Well worth a visit”

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Hersonissos
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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Very informative and well worth a visit. Entry into the museum is very reasonable at 5 euros per adult and it's very well laid out. Everything in the museum is itemised in a little pamphlet which is given to everyone on entry. An explanation is provided so that you can understand exactly what you are looking at. There's also a very interesting DVD on Crete and the making of the museum, which at 1 euro is well worth seeing before you look around.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Gina F
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Traditional village life museum”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

If you are in the area (Chersonisos) then I would recommend a visit. It's not very big but nicely arranged and worth the visit. It gives you a good glimpse of the old time rural life in Crete.

They have a small cafe on site as well and although we did not use the audio guides they are available as well as the maps.

The lady who welcomed us was very friendly. Enjoyed it very much.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank JLW102002
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Moscow, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The best traditional village life museum ever!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

It is worth seing! Watching video (part B) on the history of the museum I was crying. It is not boring, it is made with love. It is not artificial, it is real life.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank AlenkaRogalik
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Marvellous Place”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is a family run museum and audio guides can be obtained in English. The people are very friendly and the exhibits very interesting. Thoroughly reccommended

Visited May 2013
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Tulcea Romania
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Cretan civilization”
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.

Visited May 2013
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