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Review of Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Hersonissos
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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).
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Accrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Interesting museum and insight into Crete in the past. Especially liked the wine making and the traditional cretan house. Worth a visit if you are looking for something a little different.

Visited May 2013
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South Yorkshire
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“Brilliant Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

This museum of Cretan life is well worth a visit. It is extremely well thought out and put together. We particularly enjoyed watching the film of the origins of the museum and how it was developed.

Visited May 2013
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Crete, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great museum to visit in Crete”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

quite by accident, we discovered this museum and it is highly recommended, very friendly staff, they even speak Dutch at the reception, it was a fine afternoon, we also have eaten there a delicious sandwich at a reasonable price.
Thanks and maybe later

Visited October 2013
4 Thank hanne2525
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a quirky, unusual museum - a rural retreat right in the middle of the most built up tourist centre in Crete. It's well worth a visit, even if you're not the sort who generally includes museums in your holiday itinerary. You're free to wander around, clamber over the buildings and touch many of the exhibits. There are examples of many traditional Cretan dwellings, as well as rural crafts and occupations. The grounds are a pleasure to wander around, particularly for keen gardeners and cooks, as you'll find numerous herbs and scented flowers. I grow many of them in here the UK - but the cool, wet climate means that they are not nearly as fragrant as they are in Crete. There is a great cafe at the museum where you can stop for a drink and a snack or a complete meal. On the day we visited we had some grapes from Lychnostatis' own garden - the sweetest, most delicious grapes I have even tasted.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great museum not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We walked past this little museum on our first day (Friday) and at first sight thought it looked like some sort of ‘Micky Mouse’ effort and, having been to such things before, not really worth bothering with. However we had noticed a sign over the road advertising a Winefest there at 11am on Wednesdays and as we had nothing better to do the following week we decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.

What a surprise we got!

We treaded grapes, learned how to distil raki, ate baked potaoes and cheese pies, grapes, water melon and cactus fruit. This was then followed by a guided tour of the museum with Elsa who brought all the exhibits to life and recaputred the essence of life in Crete before the onset of tourism with anecdotes and stories. This is one museum that should not be missed.

Visited October 2013
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