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The Active Museum of Olive Oil and Sustainability Opens in Jaén

Jan. 29, 2012
Pandora Penamil Penafiel

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The Andalusian Government, along­side the Provincial Council of Jaén, opened today the Active Museum of Olive Oil and Sustainability, located on the Geolit Technology and Business Park in Mengíbar (Jaén), which will help to spread the cul­ture of olive oil and table olives.

The Active Museum of Olive Oil and Sustainability has raised a total invest­ment of 7.1 mil­lion euros, funded mainly between the Andalusian Government and the Provincial Council of Jaén. In its last phase the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment also par­tic­i­pated. Of the total, 4.6 mil­lion have been ear­marked for infra­struc­ture works and con­struc­tion, and 2.4 mil­lion for museum activ­i­ties.

This cen­ter will turn in a short period of time into a national bench­mark. The museum is eas­ily acces­si­ble for fast com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels. It has exten­sive out­door spaces, and the design of the build­ing itself is endowed with bio­cli­matic solu­tions and effi­cient man­age­ment of water, con­structed with eco-friendly mate­ri­als, and the sup­port of addi­tional cen­ters also installed in the Geolit Technology an Business Park.

The Museum will serve as a per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion space intended to instruct and inform the gen­eral pub­lic. Thus, its mis­sion is to dis­sem­i­nate the cul­ture sur­round­ing olive oil and table olives, and pro­mote any­thing con­cern­ing olive cul­ti­va­tion, pro­duc­tion and econ­omy, plus any man­i­fes­ta­tion of cul­tural sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy related to olive oil.

Facilities

Conceived as a cen­ter of knowl­edge ded­i­cated to olive oil, the nat­ural her­itage of Andalusia, the Active Museum of Olive Oil and Sustainability is struc­tured in dif­fer­ent func­tional areas, includ­ing an Olive Oil and Mediterranean Diet Gastronomy Center. This cen­ter is divided into three floors cov­er­ing an area of 3,445 square meters of the total area of the build­ing which is 11,222 square meters.

The Museum facil­i­ties include also an exhi­bi­tion area which cov­ers areas of per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary exhi­bi­tions, and a 3D pro­jec­tion room.

Permanent Exhibition

Olive Ecosystem (habi­tat, nutri­ent cycling, soil..), Olive Biennial Cycle (mor­phol­ogy and phys­i­o­log­i­cal processes, cycle of fruit­ing olive model..) Olive Design (vari­eties of olives in Spain, breed­ing sys­tems in the cul­ti­va­tion of olives, olive design plan­ning…) and Olive Cultivation (olive repro­duc­tions, soil man­age­ment, and inte­grated pro­duc­tion tech­niques…), will be the main top­ics of the per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion.

Also, fea­tured top­ics such as the extrac­tion process of vir­gin olive oils at the mill ‑includ­ing videomap­ping machin­ery-; the qual­ity of vir­gin olive oil, through tast­ing pan­els and organolep­tic analy­sis; pro­duc­tion, con­sump­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion; health ben­e­fits of extra vir­gin olive oil through nutri­tion tables; will be treated widely in this cen­ter.

Machinery, tast­ings, and much more

Moreover, out­side the Museum build­ing, there has been enabled an area for the exhi­bi­tion of machin­ery and a for­est of cen­te­nary olive trees of dif­fer­ent vari­eties.

This cen­ter also has a Promotion Area in which dif­fer­ent olive juices will be exposed and many tast­ing activ­i­ties will be under­taken. This area also includes a library spe­cial­ized in olive oil and olive indus­try, and an art gallery.

The Teaching Area con­sists of a class­room, a work­shop, and a lab­o­ra­tory, while the Office Area is equipped with a doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter, man­age­ment depart­ment, meet­ing room, and a stor­age and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions room. This museum also includes an olive oil bodega”.

In oper­a­tion, the cen­ter incor­po­rates the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions, such as solar court­yard, solar wells, and a cen­tral bio­mass recy­cling sys­tem of rain­wa­ter.



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