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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Nice for a wander round.

It's a nice place for a couple of hours wandering around and seeing how Cretians lived in the past... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chester, United Kingdom

We spend a couple of hours here with the grandchildren. The lady that runs the place was very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
mel k
Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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“cretan life” (59 reviews)
“audio guide” (40 reviews)
“school room” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
+30 2897 023660
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a nice place for a couple of hours wandering around and seeing how Cretians lived in the past few generations.

Thank Mally252
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spend a couple of hours here with the grandchildren. The lady that runs the place was very friendly and spoke good English. We hired one of the audio sets so we could get additional information on our way round. This was really good, but...More

Thank mel k
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely place to visit, with not only authentic houses, a windmill, a chapel, but a lovely personal touch, Great audioguide, lovely poetry at the windmill, fantastic souvenirs, original drinks, Cretan beer, I´ve learned a lot, had a lovely time!

Thank seolram
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum is very informative place to visit. It tells you about the historical and current life of Crete. There are many small "houses" or cabins that all tell a story of different professions and people. There is also a herbarium, garden with...More

Thank Jali K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and well worth a visit so interesting. Recommend a hand travel documentary for 2 euros to get full benefit of history

Thank carolpurdy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Folk museums can be a bit of a dicey choice to visit. This one is no different. We visited on a quiet Thursday morning before the main summer season started. It's a curious blend of art sculpture, organic architecture and local/natural history. Buildings that have...More

Thank MoonRiverTravelsUK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came back to Lychnostatis open air museum. Nothing as changed, still closed on Saturday's. Open from 09:00 - 14:00 price as changed to 8 euros which incorporates a audio guide to accompany you around the site. There is also a film show which tells you...More

1  Thank ipchung
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here on my last day and found it worth the 6 Euro entrance fee. The addition 1 Euro for the audio commentary was also value for money, just enough information to make the exhibits more interesting, without overloading you. An interesting insight into...More

Thank lozbad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a museum in the sense of exhibiting Cretan life in an authentic context. However, it also attempts to capture oral tradition through tape recordings, in much the same way as Irish traditions were captured on tape in the post-WII period. It has a...More

1  Thank Rod F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A museum depicting the Crete way of life in the past ,Plenty to see here and videos and a guide if required,gives you an insight of what Crete is about

Thank Rob R
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Hi .. we will be in Creta next week and hope to visit your museum. Can you advise what bus we can get from the silva beach hotel and also are there any days that you will be closed. what are your opening hours and what is the price. thank you
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
hi we are staying in mediterraneo hotel are you near there?
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.
I am staying at silva beach hotel... can you tell how to get to your museum from there.
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