When we go on a road trip we fill our days with as many opportunities to make memories as we possibly can. On our recent Midwest Road trip where we hit 7 states in 7 days, we discovered that we were going right past the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota. Whether you are a passionate fan of SPAM and can’t get enough of the newest flavors or have never been one to love this canned meat, the SPAM Museum is a great FREE stop on every road trip through Minnesota!
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Why You Need to Visit the SPAM Museum
The museum staff will be the first to tell you that not everyone that comes through the doors of the SPAM Museum is a fan. In fact, there is even a copy of a letter from a former US President where he states that he was not a fan of SPAM while he was serving in the US military. But everyone who comes to the museum discovers that they love their visit.
SPAM across the world
Here in the central United States, we are not the target consumer or the main focus group for SPAM. But did you know that there are countries in the world where SPAM is one of the staples in their diet? There are island nations where SPAM provides much-needed meat to their citizens.
In the SPAM Museum, you can walk through a full exhibit area where you can see how other countries cook SPAM and serve it in their culture.
History of SPAM
Did you know that SPAM was first created to help our military servicemen? There is an entire section of this museum showing the history of SPAM and how the military were able to get their food while serving in the World War.
Have some fun with SPAM
As you move through the museum, there are some fun, interactive exhibits where you can create your own can of SPAM. Turn it into a contest and see if you can beat the record of your friends and family.
Fun for the Kids
If you have young kids in your group, there is a great kids area where they can play in the kitchen and have some great imagination fun!
Things to Know
- Museum Admission is FREE.
- You can visit the Museum in about an hour or take longer to spend more time at each exhibit.
- The SPAM Museum is fully handicapped accessible.
- Strollers are fine in the museum.
- All exhibits are on the main floor. There are no steps necessary to enjoy the Museum.
- There is a gift shop where you can buy SPAM memorabilia as well as all the varieties of SPAM.
- There is free parking available behind the Museum.
Find the SPAM Museum
101 3rd Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
Looking for other things to do near the SPAM Museum? Don’t miss MALL of America only one hour north!
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!