MR. Spammy at the SPAM Museum in Austin MN

Finding out what’s in a can of SPAM at the SPAM Museum

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.

A peak inside the SPAM Museum in Austin MN

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.

Lifting SPAM Crates to Support our Troops During WWII

Play Area in SPAM Museum in Austin

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 Museum in Austin MN

How Many SPAM Cans Tall Are You

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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18 Different SPAM Varieties

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What's in a can of SPAM? Find out at the SPAM Museum. Prefect for kids to play around and learn a little too!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Teresa @MinnesotaWonders April 1, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Looks like Austin is a perfect place for a family day trip! I’ve been wanting to check the Spam museum out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Jenn April 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Your family will love it! We could have spent hours at the museum just letting the kids run around.

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