Built in the 18th century, the oil factory that houses the Olive and Oil Museum is considered to be the oldest among the six oil factories that the village Vatolakkos once had. Nowadays, it is the only surviving building of pre- industrial archaeology in the Prefecture of Chania. It is officially listed as a monument by the Department of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture. The building was refurbished, brought back to its initial form reviving the “fabrica” — as the olive oil factories were once called in Crete and turned into a museum. The Dermitzaki Folklore Collection consists of more than 100 old objects displayed in the Olive and Oil Museum according to their function. Most were used in the olive oil production, in basic agricultural tasks or in important household duties. The Museum’s collection also includes various objects of everyday life, giving visitors a rare glimpse into the lives and habits of the locals.The place was chosen by the acclaimed director Yannis Smaragdis to shoot scenes of his film about the Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis.