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.
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.
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.
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 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 comprises of:
- A traditional house of the Cretan farmer and merchant houses,
- Wine and olive presses
- A distillery
- Weaving and ceramic workshops
- Fruit and cactus gardens
- A folk art gallery
- The library
- Mineral and stone exhibition
- An auditorium and a theatre
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Artifacts in the Museum
There are so many artifacts that have been collected here, and in a nutshell, they all help to bring the place to life.
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.
- 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
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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Thank you for stopping by and stay positive!
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