Austin, Minnesota: SPAM Museum
- 1101 N. Main St., Austin, MN
- I-90 exit 178-B. Turn south onto 6th St, then right at the T onto 14th Ave. Bear right (straight) onto 15th Ave, which turns left and becomes Main St. Cross the bridge, turn right onto 11th Ave., and the Museum will be on the left.
- M-Sa 10 am - 5 pm, Su noon - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
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Visitor Tips and News About SPAM Museum
The receptionist greets you immediately as you pass under the "Great Wall of Spam" (which you might miss otherwise). Be prepared to spend a good hour or two in this fabulous museum. We spent the most time in the extensive gift shop, chock full of SPAM T-shirts, umbrellas, mouse pads, and many other items.[Frank Abbott, 07/19/2010]
This by far was the crowning moment of our trip to Minnesota. Growing up on Spam and still eating it today, we had to stop here.
We were very surprised at the size and magnitude of the museum. It was much bigger than we imagined and very informative, even for a Spam-aholic. There is a 15 minute movie on the history of Spam, numerous Spam exhibits including our personal favorite, the Monty Python Spam skit! There are also several hands-on things for the kids to do and a great gift shop. And as if that was not enough, it is free and they give out free samples of Spam.
We never knew there are about a dozen different kinds of Spam, including Spam Lite, Turkey Spam, Spam with garlic, Spam with cheese, Spam with bacon, and my new favorite Hot and Spicy Spam. They offered Hot and Spicy Spam samples while we were there, and we have to warn you....it does have a little kick![Woody Sinkko, 08/31/2008]
We visited in August, and our meat-eaters appreciated the ever-circulating hot Spam snacks. Not enough to skip lunch, but...
We visited the Spam Museum last June -- it was fabulous! It's like a really great children's museum, except with potted meat products. Employees rove around with spam cubes on trays for people to try. I don't know why, but Spam is actually...okay when served in the museum.
The gift shop is amazing -- we spent over $100 there. The problem? When we left, we craved...Spam. Across the street is a little diner that serves up Spam delights -- well, Spam food, anyway. I haven't craved Spam since, but I still wear my T-shirt![Diane, 04/28/2007]