The museum, conceived and created by the Municipality of Trevi, with a substantial financial contribution from the Region of Umbria and the European Community, is devoted to the culture of olive oil and the cultivation of the olive tree. It is housed in the former monastery of San Francesco, built in the 13th century and renovated in the 19th century by Giuseppe Valadier, situated next to the church of the same name and the municipal art gallery.
The underlying reasons for the exhibition project are based on two main themes.
The first originates from the idea of offering the visitor a description of, and the opportunity to gain familiarity with, the microcosm connected with the cultivation of the olive tree and the production of oil in the local context.
The second theme broadens the horizons to delve into the millenary history of the olive tree and its oil in the context of the Mediterranean.