At the Lychnostatis Museum you are transported in the life of pre-modern Crete

There are several places in Crete where you can get a glimpse of what the island was like in pre-modern, pre-globalized days, and the Lychnostatis Museum is one of them. It includes a slice-of-life panoramas of olive oil presses, vanished small industries and domestic scenes.

The museum is well sign-posted, and when you get there you’ll find yourself in a tranquil time capsule. The Lychnostatis Museum is not bad for a rest stop and a reminder that Crete isn’t only Knossos. It’s about a lot of ancient and modern and a whole lot in between, all part of an open-air exhibit that offers a real taste of the vanished Cretan life.

Relics from Crete’s culture, economy, ethnology and nature are all there, such as rebuilt traditional farmers’ and merchants’ homes, wine and olive oil presses, examples of home-made textiles and ceramics and real fruit orchards.

There’s also a herbarium, an exhibition of rocks and minerals, an auditorium for lectures and a 250-seat theatre that comes to life in a series of dance and other events every September. There is also a shop to buy things that you won’t find elsewhere, and even a cafe.

How to get to Lychnostatis Museum in Heraklion Region