Museum of Olives and Greek Olive Oil


A tour of the museum expositions is equivalent to immersing yourself in the culture, history and technological features of the extraction of olive oil on the Greek peninsula since the prehistoric period. The main aim of the museum is to shed light on the inextricable link between olives, their useful oil and the identity of the region from different angles — in the field of economics, dietary value, religious worship, art and technological accents.

olive press

Here you can get information about the thousand-year history of olives and their oils, as well as their multifaceted importance. The outdoor exhibition area contains exhibitions related to the cultivation and harvesting of olives, as well as reconstructed olive presses from the prehistoric, Hellenistic and Byzantine eras with demonstrations as part of educational programs.

The ground floor focuses on the evolution of olive oil production technology from the post-Byzantine era to the first half of the 20th century. Among the most interesting exhibits are historical equipment with presses found during excavations, as well as large display cases that explain the traditional methods of olive oil production.

plate in the olive museum

Among the many exhibits not to be missed are the 50,000-60,000 year old olive leaf fossils from Santorini. Also exciting is the collection of plates dating back to the 14th century BC. (exact copies), which provide essential information about the history of olive oil.

At the end of your visit, you can receive information leaflets and maps that will direct you to archaeological sites where olive oil was produced, as well as classic presses in the Peloponnese and the rest of Greece. This will allow you to continue your journey along intriguing historical routes. Many tourists try to bring a bottle of fragrant oil home as a gift to relatives and friends.

olive oil museum

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