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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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In need of tlc

The staff were lovely, friendly and so helpful. But the exhibits, especially the plants, needed... read more

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Cretamania
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Plakias, Greece
A Peek at more recent Greek life

This is a delightful museum that works to capture life on Crete a century ago. The creators... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
DawnFlowerMBA
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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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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| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
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+30 2897 023660
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Reviewed yesterday

The staff were lovely, friendly and so helpful. But the exhibits, especially the plants, needed some love. Weeds everywhere. There is a really interesting mind behind this Museum, but there needs to be someone directing it. The exhibits showing how people lived were sympathetically laid...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a delightful museum that works to capture life on Crete a century ago. The creators observed that visitors focused on the dusty rocks of the 4000 year old Palace of Knossos and fortress of Heraklion (both worth seeing). However, life on Crete in...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited the museum with my family, it was very interest, the staff very helpful Close to our hotel, 10/minutes with taxi

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Just beyond the Star Beach complex and east of the new Hersonissos town is this wonderful example of the old lifestyle with a genuine feel of authenticity. Great surroundings and regular displays of local crafts and goods. I cannot think of a museum that you...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is a great place to visit. A private museum of real life on Crete as it was 100 years ago. Try to arrange your visit on a Wednesday around 11AM so you can catch their weekly wine festival. The atmosphere is great, the stuff...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is perfect for people who want to go closer for old Crete life style so you feel like you travel in time or so it's not so big but it have every thing I love to visit it again for sure and I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. It is just the right size to spend an afternoon looking around at Cretan history and other aspects of traditional Crete. It was confusing to get a sense of the programme beforehand but once we got there, the staff were...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this open air museum on the beach and at only €6 it’s a bargain especially for those on a budget. Takes about 1-1.5 hours to go through place taking in view and then short walk to beach. Best of both worlds - a bit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting and quaint. Curator Carla is a lovely lady. Snack bar next to it and quiet beach. Weekly grape festival with dancing and food and drink tasting great fun.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful museum put together by private owners with all the structures made using traditional methods. Lots to see and a good 3 to 4 hours to see everything. Recommend an early start as it gets very hot although some areas are in shade or...More

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rosema427
2 August 2018|
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Response from MuseumLYCHNOSTATIS | Property representative |
Good morning! You don't need to book for the Grape Feast on Wednesday, just be there 10 minute earlier. Our museum is situated between Stalis and Hersonisos. Actually, it's very close to your apartment, 10 - 15 minutes... More
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EM1Scotland
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
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Rachel G
9 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.
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