Until today…I had never been to the Spam Museum. Gonna cross that off my list. My son, Max, and I drove a full two hours to the mystery meat mecca in search of something to add to my Do Something New quest. (Side Note: finding something new and worthy of talking about is very difficult during the work week AND when you are broke…just so you know.) The Spam Museum is in Austin, MN and admission is free. So, half a talk of gas was all I was charged for a full days worth of insane fun.
The woman who greeted us was nice, very nice. But not in the fake “Welcome to Starbucks can I take your order!” variety. She genuinely cared about the museum, it’s history, and SPAM. As I remember all the employees at the museum seemed really happy. Maybe Austin is the place to be…all that joy floating around and all.
I cannot properly describe all the exhibits at the museum, and there were tons. I’ll just share a few pictures.
This is the spot. Right next to the Hormel Factory where they can tasty meats that you buy at the grocery store.
Here we have the Wall of Spam. There are 3,390 cans here, I know cause the nice lady told me so. That wall is much taller than it looks in the photo.
Me, SPAM Man, and The Max.
If you want to, you can experience what it would be like to package SPAM cans. Also, you can time yourself doing so. Me and Max raced.
They show off a bunch of old Hormel packaging in a storefront out of the early 20th century. Packing including lard, pigs feet and other delicious food to stick in cardboard.
SPAM has its own a game show right there in the museum. Me and Max played, it was actually fun and now I feel I must go on The Fued.
Q. What you call someone who spreads the word about SPAM?
A. A SPAMbassador 🙂