Museum Olei Histriae
Museum Olei Histriae
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The House of Istrian Olive Oil located in the center of Pula tells the story of olive growing in Istria through history to the present day. Discover why Istrian olive oil was highly valued by the ancient Romans and how it was processed. Find out how olive oil is produced today and the secrets of creating an extra virgin olive oil of premium quality. Every visitor can enjoy an expert guided olive oil tasting and education, and find a large selection of top quality Istrian extra virgin olive oils, as well as a range of other Istrian products in the museum shop.
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claireseiler
London, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely museum very close to the amphitheater of Pula, with air conditioning and a particularly charming gift shop. The ladies who work there are welcoming and helpful with bright smiles and a very good knowledge of English. We chose the gold experience, so we could learn a bit more about olive oil with tastings (so surprising!) and even got a tasty dessert that I’ll try to reproduce at home.
I learned a lot about olive oil from the Roman time to today’s time and was amazed to find out that little changed during a loooong period.
I would recommend to visit the museum before the exhibition located in the amphitheater, because it is more explanatory and you will then benefit from all you already know before looking at authentic olive oil press!

There is a French audio guide, so don’t worry if your English is a bit rusty!
Written August 16, 2021
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Louis D
London, UK539 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
The museum is just ok - I found the audio guide a bit repetitive with the text on the exhibits and stopped listening fairly early on. However, the tasting was amazing! I learned so much from Maya, who is one of those people who has really found her calling in life. I’ll never buy olive oil the same way (shame on the EU for allowing so much to be labelled as EVOO!), and I’ll always think of Maya when I’m buying olive oil at the supermarket. The oils we tasted were amazing, as was the dessert. Maya recommended the perfect olive oil to enhance it even more. Definitely go for the full experience!
Written August 31, 2020
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glenn2912
3 contributions
Jul 2021
We had heard good things about it before and decided to visit it ourselves. We visited the museum and took the tasting afterwards. The tasting session was very enriching and interesting, it really gives you a different view on your everyday supermarkt olive oil. :-) The museum recently moved, the but the new location is a good fit and everything is exhibited in a spacious and cool location.
Written July 13, 2021
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kateorozco76
Stuttgart, Germany1 contribution
Jul 2020
We are a family that likes to include food tours when we travel. Since Pula is a smaller, less touristy city this was the closest we could find. It did not disappoint. The staff is lovey and very knowledgable. We toured the museum and did a basic tasting. I never knew there was so much to know about something I use almost every day. Even our three children took part in the tasting, and were entertained.
Written August 2, 2020
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stevejackson375
Chelmsford, UK294 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had a pleasant hour learning about the history of olive oil. Nicely laid out museum with very helpful staff and a good shop. We didn’t do the tasting but that looked good too. Haven’t given it 5 stars as at the end of day it’s about olive oil.
Written September 8, 2022
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Gemma H
21 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We were excited to visit this place as it is well advertised around the area. However after paying around £10 each, we were left to walk around a few display boards with an audio guide and then were given a short talk (which was interesting) and sampled 2 types of olive oil. In total we were in there half an hour, and the whole experience was underwhelming and left us feeling ripped off. For the price I would have expected the more comprehensive tasting to be included. My husband was mad at me for taking us here! Save your money, read up about olive oil manufacturing on Wikipedia and have a nice lunch elsewhere instead!
Written June 16, 2017
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Dear Gemma, We are sorry to hear that. Maybe you haven't given yourself enough time to listen to the audio guide or go through the exhibition? Only in the Roman room there are so many interesting things to learn! Have you seen the amphorae for olive oil transport specifically produced nearby Pula in the Laecanius Bassus ceramic workshop through which we can follow the export of Istrian olive oil in the 1st century? Have you actually seen that map? That is amazing information! Have you understood what dolia are or how ancient Romans used to produce olive oil? Have you seen the roman lamps and learned that lowest category olive oil was used for lighting? In Middle Ages part – have you looked at the wooden troughs or had the patience to watch two of our short films that represent the traditional olive oil production and the contemporary way of harvesting and processing in a modern mill? Did you sit in the Chemical Analysis or Sensory Analysis boxes? What have you seen there? Have you checked and opened our „Did you know” curiosity boxes or scrolled through Istrian varieties on the screen? Or have you seen how the extra virgin olive oil influences our health? Regarding the guided tasting – we don’t just give you 2 olive oils – our trained staff go through the whole sensory analysis with you through a top quality oil. One can actually learn a new skill that comes quite useful in a life of an average olive oil consumer. :-). We are sorry the experience didn't meet your expectation, the world of olive oil probably isn't of much interest to you.
Written June 19, 2017
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curtispat
Philadelphia, PA59 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
During our 90 minute visit we spent about 45 minutes visiting the historical presentation of olive oil production and different forms of control throughout history. We spent the next 45 minutes with Tina who took us through a tasting where we learned the intricacies of the types and uses of olive oils. Needless to say, not all olive oils are the same and we came away feeling that we had an amateur’s appreciation for the differences. If you like olive oil and would like to increase your knowledge of it, you will enjoy this visit and Tina’s expertise and personality.
Written October 26, 2019
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Clare
London, UK12 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I absolutely loved it here.

The staff were great, really nice and helpful. The museum part was really interesting and I've been reeling off facts on olive oil ever since.

We went for the Green Experience which had the olive oil museum and the shorter tasting experience. I would really recommend the tasting experience, very interesting and has made me think differently about the olive oil that I buy at my local supermarket.
Written May 8, 2019
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Davor
Pula, Croatia294 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Interesting place with a great atmosphere.
Most of the places are cool but the beast way to learn about some places ours true food. And this is a good place to start.
If you have time place take a pick
Written July 10, 2018
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kikeenatravel
Caringbah, Australia76 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
This new museum is divided into two parts. A multimedia museum and an olive oil tasting room.
The museum describes how olive oil is produced beginning thousands of years ago to the present day. It also describes the different characteristics of good and bad olive oil. Be sure to take the (free) audio guide as it's easier than reading.
The tour finishes in the olive oil tasting room where they teach you how to warm, smell and taste olive oil. You can taste different olive oils side by side. I really appreciated the grassy and bitter notes.
I found this absolutely fascinating and it greatly exceeded my expectations. The staff are enthusiastic and fun. But then I'm very interested in olive oil.
Written June 1, 2017
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Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit :-)
Written June 19, 2017
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