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“traditional and modern combined”

Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sparta from Kalamata
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Sparta
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Owner description: In the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, unique of its kind in Greece, the various aspects of the olive tree and of olive oil, whether economic, applied or symbolic, from antiquity to the present, are being presented, along with the relevant oil-processing technology from the prehistoric times to the pre-industrial age. The Museum belongs to The Piraeusbank Group Cultural Foundation Museums Network.
Athens, Greece
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“traditional and modern combined”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

It's a very interesting museum on the cultivation of olive trees and the production of oil.The exposition is inside a modern building and outside in a yard. It has ancient items (olive leaves that survived volcano explosions, bottles, lamps...), machines, miniatures that show how the factories worked.

Visited May 2012
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Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Everything you could ever want to know about olive oil”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Nice little cafe. A modern and very attractive building, air conditioned with a substantial outdoor area with beautiful full-size working reconstructions of olive presses- apparently school parties get to use them. Lots of explanation boards, but unfortunately most of these are over- detailed and can give the impression that the writer has swallowed a dictionary of archaeology/ botany/agronomy. This, we found, is a common and unfortunate thing in Greek museums, But well worth the small entrance fee, and leaves yuo understanding just how hugely inportant is the culture of olive-growing in this area.

Visited April 2012
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Arizona, USA
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309 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
“Interesting museum”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

This well-done museum will tell you all you want to know about olives. Text is in English as well as Greek.

Visited May 2012
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“What a lot of fun”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Let's face it. There isn't a lot to recommend Sparti to a contemporary tourist. Looking for relics from the ancient past? There just aren't many about. So this delightful new museum is a bonus. The story of olives and olive products throughout history is beautifully presented. Artwork illustrates the olive in Greek myth and legend. There is a small giftshop, with exquisite silver brooches and necklaces for the ladies, all with an olive theme, and there is the ubiquitous olive oil soap. True, you can find the soap much cheaper elsewhere, such as Adrianou in Plaka in Athens, but the soap here is nicely packaged to make a pretty present for the folks back home. The museum has a little coffee shop, which wasn't open when we were there.

Visited April 2012
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Athens, Greece
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“Impressive and instructive”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

The evolution of oil production from manual to industrial is perfectly presented; the automates make learning a pleasant game.

Visited March 2012
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