Spam Museum

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1101 North Main Street, Austin, MN, USA - (507) 437-5100
Spam Museum - the doors that looks like a Pig to enter the museum
Spam Museum - the doors that looks like a Pig to enter the museum

Spam Museum Austin Reviews

pinchora pinchora
162 reviews
A strange little museum in Spam Town USA Jun 20, 2008
Deep in the south of Minnesota (almost where I-35 meets I-90) there is the home to the beloved food of World War II... Spam which has been around since 1937. In 2001 the Hormel Plant opened up a museum adjacent to them called the SPAM museum.

Here you will learn that the name came from combining the words "SPiced hAM" together to get SPAM... and also the history of the Hormel meat packing plant. There's a timeline up about the importance of SPAM in american history among the WWII era and how fast it spread through out the world (hawaii is where it is the most prominent)... in 2005 they sold their 6 billionth can of SPAM.

SPAM is so popular that there have been plays based off of it (Monty Pythons Spamalot), songs "Spam" was a song on the album It Means Everything by the ska band Save Ferris, in TV the show M*A*S*H made fun of it, and on the internet bulk emails were named by the Monty Python sketch, in which the customer becomes more and more exasperated by the appearances of "Spam" in every menu item, gave rise to the term Spam.

If you would be interested in learning how to cook with SPAM you can also buy some of the cookbooks out there which seem really interesting. And there are also a couple of SPAM festivals around the country... the one in Austin is during July 4th weekend and they have such people as the Spamettes (a group of women who only sing songs about SPAM) and other oddities.

The Museum I felt was a little dry and had false pretenses as it was a huge advertisement for the rest of what Hormel makes... I figured it would focus only on SPAM. But it didn't... it showed their dinty more food, the Hormel spaghetting for the microwave, and other foods.

Also, I figured that there would be some cool diner to eat at that had SPAM food (it's not the best food, but if cooked right it has potential)... but the place across the street "Johnny's Spam (something or other)" looked to be closed as no lights were on and there were no cars in the parking lot.

For free... it was decent and it had some good history around it. The most facinating was what my roomate told me (her uncle used to work for Hormel)... is that the reason why SPAM has the gelatin giggle is because they put the ham and spices into the can and seal it... then they boil the food to cook it in the can and that's how it stays fresh so long! In fact it's never supposed to go bad as long as it's in its original, seals can.... wierd.
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pinchora says:
well actually adrian they could have done a better job with the museum... it was more advertising for Hormel as a company that it was for SPAM! I thought it could have been more... oh and they need a SPAM restaurant there...
Posted on: Oct 11, 2008
acowboy says:
yeah you can file this under "crap"... = ) LMAO... only joking!!
Posted on: Oct 11, 2008
WaltJake says:
We drove past this on our cross country trip, but didn't stop, as Tyler and I were asleep at the time!
Posted on: Oct 05, 2008
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