SPAM is a global phenomenon. It is available in 18 different varieties and in 41 different countries. During WWII it became so important to the war effort that they needed to have additional security around the processing plant. But with all its notoriety, it doesn’t seem to be that popular in Minnesota. Well, except in Austin MN where they are home to the SPAM Museum.
The SPAM Museum in Austin Minnesota
The SPAM museum has newly been renovated. It is designed with many
interactive displays that could rival any children’s museum. From playing SPAM related video games to lifting a 50lb case of SPAM for our Troops overseas. Kids get to participate in a faux SPAM packing assembly line. They even had a big playground section just for kids to let loose. We defiantly took advantage of that after our car ride there.
What is SPAM?
So what is SPAM? A canned meat consisting of Ham, Pork Shoulder, Salt, Sugar, Potato Starch and Sodium Nitrate. As we were enjoying the museum, staff were walking around with samples of the products. We got to sample SPAM with cheese. It was our first taste. We ended up buying a bunch of varieties to bring back with us.
What I love about SPAM is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. The gift shop is filled with all kinds of unique SPAM products, including specialized spam slicer, so you get the perfect slice every time. There are pennant and keychains, toys and street wear. And don’t forget the main feature, SPAM. They have all the varieties in different servings sizes. If you are adventures, you can get a variety pack.
SPAM Around the World
People from all over the world were coming to see the SPAM museum. Inside you’ll see different displays with how SPAM has impacted the different cultures.
You can find the museum at 101 3rd Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912. Parking is available on the street or behind the building they had lots available too. For more fun facts about SPAM, check out The Book of SPAM. It was a fun read full of wonderful illustrations.
We found tons of things to do in Austin while we visited. On the street, there is Rydjor Bike Shop and Sweet Reads Bookstore nearby. And if you drive a little farther down, you’ll even find the 4 Daughters Vineyard and Winery.
Make sure when you go to ‘Have a Spamy day’
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