Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, Hersonissos

4.7
#2 of 41 in Museums in Crete
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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Hersonissos attractions like Lychnostatis Open Air Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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, ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Very interesting and well worth a visit so interesting. Recommend a hand travel documentary for 2 euros to get full benefit of history  more »
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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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