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A Visit To The Lychnostatis Open Air Museum In Crete
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

The Lychnostatis Open Air Museum is a privately funded museum.

In general, this museum was mainly built by the founders and a few volunteers using traditional techniques and local building materials.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

There was absolutely nothing that was wasted in the construction of this museum for instance the wheelbarrows, ladders, and bottles, just to mention but a few.

The Introduction to Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

We started off our visit at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum by watching a video. Indeed, this gave us a great introduction to the museum.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Folk museums can be a little dicey. But in contrast, this museum is interesting and informative.

This museum contains a variety of artifacts and structures that relate to Cretan folk tradition, economic activities and culture.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

The audio guide is very detailed and informative.

It gives very interesting insights into Cretan culture and history. In fact, it also helped us to understand all the information about different artifacts and their location in the museum.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum comprises of:

  • A traditional house of the Cretan farmer and merchant houses,
  • Wine and olive presses
  • A distillery
  • Weaving and ceramic workshops
  • Herbarium
  • Fruit and cactus gardens
  • A folk art gallery
  • The library
  • Mineral and stone exhibition
  • An auditorium and a theatre
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Our 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.

Next to the botanical garden is a herbarium which is very interesting.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Certainly, the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum has an sense of exhibiting the Cretan life in an authentic and artistic context, but in an interesting way.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum


Besides, the visitors are allowed to touch objects and they are also encouraged to smell and taste the various plants, fruits and products in the museum.

What to Expect From The Museum

You’ll spend good couple of hours, exploring, learning and enjoying everything inside this museum.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

The museum covers the history and the local life of Crete and Cretan communities. It displays historical objects that were used as part of their everyday lives.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

It’s  a lovely place to walk around and to learn something new. As a matter of fact, after this visit, we felt that we understood the island and the Cretan people so much better.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

The Artifacts in the Museum

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

There are so many artifacts that have been collected here, and in a nutshell, they all help to bring the place to life.

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Last but not least, this is like a Cretan village that  has been preserved here. It’s a true haven of peace and tranquility!

Another one for your bucket list while in the island of Crete.

Some tips

  • The musueum and all of it’s exhibits are well maintained
  • There is a cafe where you can have some refreshments
  • You can also choose to relax at the beach that is next to the museum
  • There is a shop
  • Try the orange juices at the restaurant
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

A Travel Quote…

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain


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