My aunt and uncle are obsessed with olives. Whenever there are family gatherings, you can always count on a random plate of olives sitting on a table. Even if we’re just eating cake or something. I find olives disgusting. But if I can get my relatives to leave their house (and the Midwestern United States) then maybe they’d like to visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta, Greece.
The museum tells the story of the olive and its oil throughout history with its impact on the country’s way of life, economy, diet, religious rituals and customs as well as technological developments from the post-Byzantine period to the present day. And don’t worry…there’s a gift shop and cafe selling you know what. The website also lists the Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production in Lesvos, Greece. It’s like going on a beer factory tour, but instead you’re watching them make olive oil.
And because weird museums seem to come in pairs. There’s also an Olive Oil Museum in Umbria, Italy in case you can’t make it to Greece.