A visit to the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum helps in learning the history and the culture of the people on Crete Island.
✦ The Building of the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
The founders and a few volunteers built this museum. They were all from the island and they used traditional techniques and local building materials from the island.
They ensured that there was no wastage of anything that could be used in the construction of the museum. For instance, the bottles are some of the materials that were used.
✦ The Visit to the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
A visit to this museum starts off by watching a short film. And this gives an introduction to this museum.
In the museum, there are a variety of artifacts and structures that relate to Cretan folk tradition, economic activities, and culture. Given that the folk museums can be something else, this museum is interesting.
✦ The Audio Guide
There is an option to use the audio guide in this Cretan open museum. This is in different languages, and it’s of course at an extra cost.
The audio guide is detailed and it gives interesting insights into Cretan culture and history. It also gives all the information about different artifacts and where they are located in the museum.
✦ How is the Museum?
The museum comprises of many sections. All the sections showcase everything to do with the Cretan traditions. For instance, how they cooked, how they washed clothes, or weaved, just to mention but a few. All are in this folklore museum.
✦ The Experience From the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
The first area in the museum is a botanical garden. The garden is not as big, but it has all Cretan fruit trees. And next to it, it is a herbarium.
✦ What is Different in this Museum?
The Lychnostatis Open Air Museum exhibits the Cretan life in an authentic and artistic context, and in an interesting way.
It is allowed in this museum to touch the exhibits.
It displays historical objects that were used as part of the everyday lives of the Cretan people.
It’s a lovely place to walk around and to learn something new.
There are so many artifacts that have been collected here. They all help to bring the place to life.
Last but not least, this is like a Cretan village that has been preserved here.
✦ Some tips
- There is a beach that is next to the museum
- Try the fresh orange juice at the restaurant
✦ Additional Information
Opening Hours: Week days: (9 a.m – 14 p.m) Saturday: Closed
Entrance Fee: Adults: 6€, Students: 3€, Children(4 -12): 2€
Audio Guide: 2€
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