Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, Hersonissos

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Step into Cretan tradition at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, where a reconstructed merchant and farmhouses stand alongside traditional wine and olive presses. These presses continue producing olive oil and wine today, and you'll find workshops that teach traditional techniques in handicrafts and produce goods you can buy here. Take in a performance of folk music and dancing at the 250-seat auditorium or taste some of the local wine. Before you leave, drink in the scents that drift off the herbs and cactuses in the traditional gardens. Located in the city center, the site is easily accessible from other major attractions. Make Lychnostatis Open Air Museum part of your personalized Hersonissos itinerary using our Hersonissos trip planner.
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  • Nice Museum, nice owner (from the Netherlands, who speaks excellent German). We were allowed in the "cinema" of the Museum also an interesting film-German-about the arduous making of the Museum Watch. The Museum is beautifully designed, very varied and provides an interesting insight about the life in the past of the Cretans. Audio guide is available and highly recommended.
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  • Visit with children (7 to 10 years) who have well loved. There's a movie in french. It's nice and informative. Attention to prices. It is €5 per adult and € 2 per children and €1 more for audio guide. The person has the entry Bill €1 the audioguide (even if 1 for two) and €1 the film per person so that is not indicated. By asking after the fact she a refund gave me but it is always unpleasant
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  • A pleasant visit beautiful open-air museum which tells of the origins and the Cretan traditions, with Sun and sea nearby. One has the impression to visit a small village Audioguide in different language including the french. There is a shop (in the olive oil based products) (entrance 8 euros) to recommend
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  • cute, but isnt worth the many compare ro archeolofical museum. the price is 5e, 6e with film. asequate price will be 1-2e. Film is their own production but is more a collection of photos than a real film.
  • It's a strange but nice Museum that you can find driving to Ag. Nikolaos from Heraklion. Here is possible to touch and see the rural life of Crete's citizens. The ticket is 5€ per person. I suggest you to ask for an audio guide in order to better appreciate what is shown. At the end you can exit to the see and have a bath in this beautiful sea. The staff is very kind. The toilette are very cleaned and you can find a bar and a shop in which is possible to buy bottles of olive oil.
  • Nothing serious. I would arrange more to happen to spend the rest of the day, like sunbath or have another coctail at the beach
  • Great project with a unique mix of natural and cultural history! Absolutely picturesque and very friendly staff. Would recommend this to any couples and families with kids who want to learn more about crete history. They also have special events happening during the season; if you are in the area make sure to check early what's going on so you don't miss out.
  • Really interesting place. Would have liked to spend more time here, perhaps without impatient teenagers!

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As one of Crete's top destinations, Hersonissos offers lodging options ranging from budget-friendly inns to luxurious private villas, with nearly everything else in between. The area's five-star hotels come at a steep price, but reward you with elegant rooms and sweeping views of the sea, as well as access to private beaches, fitness facilities, and fine restaurants. An alternative for vacationers on a budget, the city's self-catering apartments offer plenty of space and privacy a few minutes' walk from popular bars, shops, and restaurants.
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