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10 offbeat food museums

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 20, 2012, 9:16 a.m.
A statue of a baked potato with sour cream and butter in front of the Idaho Potato Museum

Photo: sporst [CC by 2.0]/Flickr

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Comestible curiosities

Everyone's heard of the soft drink-celebrating World of Coca-Cola, but we wondered what other — perhaps slightly more unusual — museums are out there that similarly pay tribute to specific foods and beverages. Turns out, there are plenty, such as the Idaho Potato Museum pictured here.

Educating and entertaining while also appetite-stirring (or suppressing, depending on how you feel about Spam burgers or boiled spargel topped with hollandaise sauce), food museums offer an excellent way to acquaint yourself with an area’s rich culinary traditions. Or, they’re just an effective way to kill a couple hours and support local tourism while gawking at some dude’s massive collection of mustard tins.

Here you’ll find 10 offbeat food museums from around the globe. (Text: Matt Hickman)