Jan 23

Visiting the Spam Museum (A shrine to the only SPAM I like, well sort of like)

Spam MuseumSpam – the luncheon meat, not the annoying e-mails – is an American Icon.  And there is even a museum dedicated to it!  Of course it’s called the Spam Museum.  It’s located in Austin, Minnesota – the headquarters of Hormel Foods, a Fortune 500 company.

The History of Hormel and Spam

If you ever wondered about the history of Hormel, you can learn about George Hormel’s butchery and how it morphed into the multi-brand company of Hormel under his son Jay.  There’s even statues of George and Jay that tell the retirement story of George.  Maybe the only historical statues in the world memorializing a retirement announcement?

 

The World of Spam

Philippines SpamSee how Spam is used around the world.  As a travel blogger I loved these little nooks about how Spam is used in places like Australia, Japan, Philippines, and of course Hawaii.  For you trivia buffs:  Hawaii has the highest consumption of Spam of any US state.

 

Spam Can Conveyor Belt

A 390-foot conveyer belt runs overhead in the museum and shop.  It contains 20 varieties of Spam – 15 from the USA and 5 international.

 

Let the Spam Museum send you the other kind of Spam

Spam RecipeUse the interactive recipe terminals to send recipes to yourself.  If you check the box, Spam will also send you spam e-mails.  If you really want to be funny/vindictive make sure you send spam to your friends/enemies.

 

Selfie Zones

SpammyThere are a few places to get a fun photo with Spam:

  • Spammy – the big Spam can with arms and legs. If you travel near the holidays, he’s complete with a giant Santa hat.
  • Sir Can-a-lot – a cartoon knight and Spam spokesman.
  • The Spam Can Height Chart. Fun fact: I am 21 and ¾ Spam cans tall.

 

Farm Themed Indoor Playground

There’s an indoor playground for the little ones.  Especially useful on those cold Minnesota days, like the -10 F day I visited in January.

 

Beat the Clock – Can Spam by Hand

You can assemble your own can of Spam (a plush version of it) and then hit the button to see how many cans the factory produced in the same time.

 

Free Samples

Supposedly, the museum has free Spam samples but not were seen on my visit.

 

The Spam Museum Gift Shop

Spam ShopYou can pretty much equip your kitchen, office, and closet with Spam gear.  There are 100’s of Spam branded stuff – from pens and magnets, to sweatshirts and stuffed animals.  Make sure you pick up your own Spam slicer… slices a full can of Spam in one swoop.   Or pick up  a 12-pack of Spam varieties.

 

Spam Museum Location

Austin, Minnesota is about 100 miles south of the Twin Cities.  The closest airports are Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) 98 miles away and Rochester (RST) at 35 miles away.

 

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  1. My husband loves Spam and would have an awesome time visiting here. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Glenn on January 23, 2018 at 3:51 am
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    The breadth of travel subjects in your blog is …. considerable!

    • ute ahrens on January 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    When our CLP team came back from visiting Hormel, they brought back a ton of Spam goodies 😀

    1. Cool!

    • Chris on January 25, 2018 at 3:31 am
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    Mmmm…Spam masubi! I bought Spam flavored macadamia nuts in Hawaii and actually liked them.

    1. I’ll have to look out for those – I’ll be in Hawaii (for the first time in my life – shocker) in April!

    • Helen on January 27, 2018 at 1:27 am
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    This is awesome. I shall now only measure my height in a number of spam tins.

    1. Maybe I could measure my weight too! Then I’d weigh less!

  2. Wow that’s great never knew there is a museum dedicated to food item.very interesting

  3. I can believe a place like this exists! Spam (and imitation brands) is very popular on Puerto Rico. Sometimes, it is used as the cheap version of ham. I had a lot of spam and eggs when growing up. At school, they used to give you a piece of spam (a really fatty version), one piece of cheese and soda crackers for breakfast. I can go and on on how it is prepared. You brought back good memories!

  4. I had no idea there was a Spam museum. I also had no idea there were varieties other than the regular one. Interesting. My dad loves Spam and used to make me fried Spam sandwiches. Good memories.

  5. You are right when I read the heading the first thought came to mind of spam emails 😉
    Interesting post with good information, I didn’t know about the museum. Thanks for share.

  6. Huge Python fan so Spam is as iconic as fish and chips – this sounds like a really fun place to visit slightly off the wall as they say.

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