On the beach of Vlychada in Santorini, with the impressive volcanic rock formations, the Tomato Industrial Museum “D. Nomikos” with its characteristic chimney that dominates the lunar landscape, narrates stories, not only about the business history of Nomikos’ family, but also about time, memories and the inhabitants of the island.
The old tomato factory D. Nomikos in Vlychada was transformed in 2014 into a modern Industrial Museum to offer its visitors a flashback to the past, following the procedure of cultivation, processing and production of small-fruited tomatoes. The small-fruited Santorini tomato, a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product since 2006, is one of the most famous and traditional products of Santorini.
At the Museum the visitor learns the traditional methods of cultivation followed by the tomato farmers of Santorini, the history of island and its inhabitants and discovers their traditions. The Museum’s exhibition includes processing machines from 1890, old factory manuscripts, old tools, the first labels, as well as audiovisual material with videotaped stories of people who used to work in the factory.
The Museum’s visit includes an audio tour in five (5) languages, a film screening with stories of old workers, a tasting of tomato paste and last but not least a souvenir can that he/she closes in an old sealing machine.
Tomato Industrial Museum “D. Nomikos”