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Lychnostatis Cretan Open-Air Museum

The Cretan Open-Air Museum “Lychnostatis” is an autonomous private foundation, operating since July 1992.
It aims to promote the understanding of the Cretan folk cultural heritage and the awareness of the Cretan nature and environment.

The museum comprises buildings like a farmer’s house, a windmill, an olive oil press and a distillery for “raki”, a shepherd’s shelter, ceramic and weaving workshops, a herbarium and large garden, an auditorium and an open-air theatre.
The collections of the museum are broad in scope, from agricultural implements to embroideries and from herbs to rhymes.

It also organizes educational programs for children, based on constructive learning.
Located in Hersonissos, one of the principal tourist areas in Crete, the museum is, apart from a valuable tourist asset, an exemplary self – motivated conduct on tradition, culture and environment of the island.


Visiting hours:
Daily from: 09:00 - 14:00
Closed on Saturdays.

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