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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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Address: Thesi Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
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+30 2897 023660
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 14:00

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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Staff all very helpful and worthwhile visit. I would recommend visiting this as it gives you a flavour of life in Grete and it is great way to spend a morning.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin T
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff all very helpful and worthwhile visit. I would recommend visiting this as it gives you a flavour of life in Grete and it is great way to spend a morning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very interesting, saw a movie about how the place was built, lots to see fills in a lovely morning, closes at 2pm in late season unsure of earlier in the year nice little cafe for drinks and snacks

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Great, you are not hassled and you get a real insight into life before tourists, well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

It is packed full of information on Crete life styles was very well done in a lovely setting . There is a small beach at the back where you can get a drink and sit on a sun lounger and relax in a quiet location .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

20 min walk from centre of town or bus to stop 25 or taxi. We enjoyed a couple of hours here. It's fairly small but packed full of fascinating information and artifacts. I guess it depends what interests you but we enjoyed the collection of native fruit trees, the history and practice of making raki, the history of dyeing and... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

we were very pleasantly surprised,from the outside it didnt look very much,but the price was good,once inside it was really good,a early cottage to look round,and a school room along with a host of other things,you can pay for audio commentary,but dont forget to take a camera.also a lovely cafe to refresh yourself,a lovely way to spend a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is right on the beach, great little museum, but also great to have something to each and a beer. Lovely chap serves drinks to you and hires sun beds from here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a must ! The museum is so interesting as are the very helpful staff. The museum shows Cretan life at it's best. I'm not going to say too much as it would spoil your visit ..... !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

With two children (12 and 9) who would normally complain at visiting a museum, the family thoroughly enjoyed their morning exploring and learning more about Cretan life. The museum is well laid out and kept immaculately clean and there are many scenic photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This museum is well woth a visit, it cost 7 euros to get in with a free audio guide. There is lots to see and it gives you some idea about life in rural Crete.

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