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Oil Cans Museum – Chiusanico (Imperia)

Over 6000 oil cans tell the story of the Italian olive oil commmerce between ‘800 and ‘900

Oil Cans Museum - Liguria - Italy
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The Oil Cans Museum is located in Chiusanico, in the province of Imperia, inside a seventeenth-century oil mill and it exhibits the Guatelli family’s rich collection of oil cans.

Created in 2006, the museum hosts a worldwide unique collection, with over 6,000 cans made to carry oil telling the story of the oil industry boom between the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century.

On display many works by local and international designers.
Furthermore, visitors can also discover how the packaging and decoration of the cans were done, which were the graphic recurring images linked to the advertising message…

Very interesting to see the “themed” oil cans always linked to Italy: from those on Italian panoramas to those dedicated to operas…

The American film director Francis Ford Coppola was so fascinated by this rich collection of oil cans and, after discovering that the protagonist of “The Godfather” Vito Corleone imported the same “Genco” oil, produced in Imperia and hosted in the Guatelli Collection, that asked for some pieces as memento from his famous film.

The Museum is open by appointment only by calling +39 375.512.4430
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