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10 offbeat food museums

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 20, 2012, 9:16 a.m.
Burnt Food Museum

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Burnt Food Museum

Exalted edible: Anything … as long as it’s carbonized to a crisp

Location: Arlington, Mass.

Don’t go home without your … BFM Official Field Research Apron

Although the other museums featured in this article are dedicated exclusively to certain types of food, this institution is open to comestibles of all sorts. There’s just one hitch: It must be tragically burnt (bonus points if it’s charred beyond recognition). Although the Burnt Food Museum’s exhibits — including “Thrice Baked Potato, “Before & After: Whole Wheat” and “Free Standing Hot Apple Cider” — are available to view for free online, for $500, culinary disaster devotees can visit curator Deborah Hensen-Contant’s home and partake in an “interactive theatrical tour experience that combines an engaging mix of character, observation, humor, discussion and performance-art — all inspired by the culinary and philosophical complexities of the Burnt Food Museum’s exhibits.” Cool but we think we’ll just install new smoke detectors and invest in a toaster oven manufactured after 1985.