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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Very good place to visit to get an idea of Cretan culture

Very good place to visit to get an idea of Cretan culture particularly on the Wednesday when they... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ian F
Very interesting museum

Very interesting. Lots of cool items of greek's everyday life. Very beautiful houses. The museum... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 (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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good place to visit to get an idea of Cretan culture particularly on the Wednesday when they provide Cretan entertainment, grape treading and local drinks and snacks. The guided tour was also very informative.

1  Thank Ian F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting. Lots of cool items of greek's everyday life. Very beautiful houses. The museum provides audio guides. Little bit hard to find.

Thank Muduke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the museum on impulse and were so glad we did, The amount of care and effort that has gone into it over the years is obvious. so many aspects of life in Crete many years ago. It was only 5 euro admission and...More

Thank yiayia2jake
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We entered just passing by and it turned out to be a fascinating excurcion into Cretan life, culture and traditions.Definitely worth a visit.

Thank irenet
Reviewed 14 October 2017

This is an amazing place especially on Wednesday when Cretan life comes alive - grape treading, Cretan dancing, sampling Cretan special foods and drink and an informative guided tour. The exhibits depict many aspects of Cretan life in the past. We enjoyed every minute there....More

1  Thank bracha t
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Did not know quite what to expect, but a very gentle wander through cretes past, different things to see around every corner, you feel totally immersed in the history, not just looking at it, was raining slightly during our visit, but would still recommend it,...More

1  Thank Rolie L
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Try to visit at this day and time as the whole place comes alive . OK you pay a few euros extra (12 for adults with a reduction for children) but it's well worth it. Grape treading,Creatan dancing, raki and wine drinking as well as...More

1  Thank Gervaise T
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Spent a morning at this open air museum. Well worth a visit. Nice to see everything out side. Definitely see the video which gives you an insight into how they have gathered all the exhibits. Nice cafe for a fresh Orange.

1  Thank dot101
Reviewed 7 October 2017

I had never been to an open air museum before and the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum is an interesting attraction to explore. We learned about traditional Cretan life and culture and it was interesting to see what life used to be like on the island...More

7  Thank Sandygranny
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We really enjoyed and valued this unique open air museum that sheds light on the traditions of Crete. We spent 2 hours walking through the many exhibits, beginning with two short movies about Crete and the making of the museum, all built with authentic building...More

1  Thank AnnArborTravelers
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17 April 2017|
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Response from MuseumLYCHNOSTATIS | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in our museum! It's very simple to reach our museum from your hotel even on foot. It' s about 15 minutes walk to the east. When you reach the Star Beach Hotel, then leave the central road and... More
Rachel G
8 February 2017|
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Response from Randall H | Reviewed this property |
And if you do the little tourist train it is near the star beach stop.
7 October 2016|
Response from 183harryw | Reviewed this property |
Hello. It's very simple. From your hotel turn east and walk 1.5 Km. When you reach the Star Beach Hotel you can turn left and walk near the beach or continue on the Elefytarius Venizelou till you'll see a stone house with a... More