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The cherry-sized tomato is one of the most famous and traditional products of Santorini, and it has been cultivated on the island since the end of the 19th century. What makes this cultivation and processing unique is that the cherry tomatoes grow in the harsh volcanic soil of the island, which gives them their distinctive flavor.
The Tomato Industrial Museum offers a journey back to the industrial past of Santorini where real accounts of people who worked in the plant are shared. Guided tours of the museum are offered every half hour and take approximately 20-30 minutes. The museum’s warehouses feature beautiful art and photography from local artists. There’s also an interesting museum shop for purchases.
There are some restaurants and bars within walking distance, including the excellent Kiria Roula’s. Most offer a menu of seafood, though meat and vegetable options are also available.
Tomato Industrial Museum Hours and Information
- Season: Open all year.
- Hours: May to October open 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays. Last tour offered at 5:30pm. Limited hours November to April and appointments necessary to visit.
- Website: santoriniartsfactory.gr
- Location: Vlychada, Santorini 847 00
- Telephone: +30 228 608 5141
- Email: [email protected]
- Admission Fee: Adults – €10. Children 12-18 years old, students, and seniors (65+) – €6. Children up to 12 years old – free.
- Parking: Plenty of parking on the street by the museum.
- Bus: Bus available from Fira – but it’s a long walk from the bus stop to the museum. Ask the driver to stop at Nostos Studios in Perivolos (it’s a 25-minute walk from here).
Tomato Industrial Museum