Cretan open - air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS"

Cretan open - air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS"

The Museum 'LYCHNOSTATIS' is an autonomous private Foundation, operating since June 1992. 
The museum has its origins in a private collection formed over a period of thirty years by Yiorgos Markakis , professor of opthalmology, lecturer and writer.
The Cretan Open-air Museum 'LYCHNOSTATIS ' aims to promote the understanding and awareness of the Cretan folk cultural heritage. Its collections relate to the following themes :

  1. Cretan Folk Tradition and Ethnology
    [ life-style in the pre-industrial Crete ( 19th - 20th century ), traditional occupations and customs , living legends , ethnological information e.t.c. ]
  2. Cretan Nature and Environment
    [ vegetation (herbs, fruit-trees, cactis) , mineral wealth and environmental administrative process ]
  3. Cretan Folk Culture
    [ self - taught artists who promote the folk cultural heritage with their artistic work ]

Located in 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.