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“A very inspiring place to be...”

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 38 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).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A very inspiring place to be...”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

I visited with my wife on our honeymoon trip to Crete. The gentleman who welcomed us spoke very fluent English. He gave us a map of the place and an audio guide. The entrance fee is 6 EUR per person. A video about Crete and the museum history is also presented - quite inspiring I would say, so try to not miss that one. The museum has a lot of different "corners" showing different aspects of Cretan rural life. Everything is arranged in a very authentic fashion and you just loose the feeling of being in a museum but rather at the actual place... There are almost 40 "stops" on the guide map to observe. Everything in the museum has been built with the idea of sustainability thus reusing already wasted materials. Most of the displayed items were brought from very different places from all around the island including a wind mill mechanism which weighs 800 kg :) In the end of your journey in the museum court, don't miss the chance to taste the locally produced drinks... one made of cinnamon and the other - from almonds - very nice and refreshing - no alcohol inside. The museum cafe is outside but in the shade of trees and vines and feels very cosy with its small tables and chairs. The woman at the bar brought us some figs from the tree above the bar... actually the bar is constructed around the tree :) very original. The museum staff is so very nice and friendly... I suspect that they are actually the owners of the place. When we were eventually leaving, the man who greeted us when we came asked for our feedback on TripAdvisor and this review is actually my promise to him that I will share my positive experience from the museum with others. To make it complete I will say a few words in Bulgarian as the man told me he would love to see this in my language: Най-приятните 4 часа, прекарани в музей! Горещо го препоръчвам на всеки, който иска поне за малко да се докосне до магията на Крит!

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“grape feast”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

An excellent day organized in a traditional way to celebrate autumn... After you washed your feet you entered into the grapes reciepent, passing through a rug and you were allowed to squash the grapes. Of course all the people did that... smile... Then, people from the museum offered us backed potatos and a kind of grapes jam both prepared using two traditional ovens, a small glass of "raki" (the traditional strong drink), fallowed by many fruits. At the and some Greek dances of course where everyone could participate... to not forget the guided tour of the museum...

Visited September 2012
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Billingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“enjoyable”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We spent a lovely afternoon here, Small entrance fee able to walk round at your own pace. Well worth a visit. A good insight into cretan life

Visited September 2012
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“Charming glimpse of old Crete”
Reviewed 7 September 2012

Well worth a visit, charming insite into a disappearing way of life. The film about how the museum was started is facinating and inspiring.
Check your maps though as it is not a government museum it is not well signposted.

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

A really interesting outdoor museum depicting many aspects of Cretan life through the ages. We were greeted by a very helpful lady who directed us to a showing of a video about Crete in general and the building of the museum. We were given an excellent leaflet which guided us around the various exhibits but we were not offered an audio guide which would have been very helpful as most of the exhibits do not carry an English translation. I can only assume that the audio guide is not currently available. This is still good value for six euros and I would recommend it to anybody visiting Hersonnisos.

Visited August 2012
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