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10 offbeat food museums

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

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Spam Museum

Exalted edible: Canned, precooked meat product

Location: Austin, Minn.

Don’t go home without a … Maroon Spam necktie

Although the DNA of Spam isn’t all that much of a mystery (ham, pork shoulder, salt and sodium nitrate) these days, those curious about the history of America’s most (in)famous gelatinous meat-in-a-can product should head posthaste to the Spam Museum located in Austin, Minn., (aka Spam Town USA) the product’s birthplace and headquarters of Hormel Foods, maker of other meat-ish products. Staffed by knowledgeable “Spambassadors,” the 16,500-square-foot museum includes vintage advertisements, interactive exhibits and, of course, a gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir for the precooked canned meat lover in your life.