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The Honey Mill Museum

Honey is one of the most precious foods for human beings. Its traces are lost in the prehistoric paintings that our ancestors left in some parts of the Valencian geography. Today it is still one of the favourite foods in the Mediterranean diet.

In an old family workshop dedicated to the transformation of honey, the Museo de la Almazara in Aras (Honey Mill Museum) de los Olmos puts us in context with the processes of honey production and also with its by-product, wax-making.

Beekeeping, one of the most representative and traditional economic activities in the life of this region, finds its best expression in an enveloping space that, leaning on the ancient walls of the Arab city, brilliantly displays the instruments and utensils at the service of honey harvesting: beehives, honeycombs, grids, smokers, extractors, suits, protective masks and gloves, strainers, sporters,…

In its traditional location, this old oil mill also recreates the environment of the workshop and shows, thanks to the press, the oven, the pools and the final collector, the whole process of making wax cakes. The exhibition ends with a display of some of the most characteristic products made from this wax: wax candles and candlesticks, votive offerings, balsams, and creams, etc.