Yesterday, continuing our staycation, we headed down to Austin, MN to visit the Spam Museum. My wife asked to go a long time ago and being that we really had nothing else to do, I agreed. She enjoys eating Spam when we’re camping but other than that we really don’t ever put it in our mouths and certainly don’t think about the history of it. Well, that all changed yesterday…
The Spam Museum opens at 10 AM so we left the house just after 8:30, ignored Google Maps’ suggestion that we should take I-35 to I-90 and did something a bit more scenic. We arrived at 10:15 and were greeted by the friendliest parking guy ever. He directed us to park nearby and then enter the museum through the double-doors. We followed his instructions and were in.
When you walk in, a museum greeter meets you and directs you to look over the door at the huge wall of empty Spam cans. An impressive display to be sure, but I was really disappointed that they weren’t full. As my wife said that if the nuclear apocalypse ever came, at least we’d know where to go. Now we’d have to find a Twinkie factory instead! We were handed a Spam Museum tour booklet and had our picture taken with Spammy and we were off.
Our first stop was to watch a video about Spam. My wife was extremely excited to see that the next one was starting in less than two minutes so while she hung out, I walked over to check out a nearby display of long forgotten Spam products and some new varieties, currently sold, which I had never before seen! After demanding that my wife come see the Hot & Spicy Spam, we wandered into the theater.
The movie was an overview of Spam’s history and was not only interesting but it was so hysterically awesome that I laughed out loud several times–especially when watching the quartet of ladies, affectionately named the Spamettes, singing about their love for Spam. After the movie was complete my wife leaned over and said her life is now complete and that the day was already made by this single stop on our self-guided museum tour. I couldn’t have agreed more.
The rest of our time at the museum included dressing up like Hormel employees, learning about the evolution of Spam marketing, taking the Spam Exam (and losing to my wife), and eating free samples of Spam served on pretzel skewers! After that we ended up in the gift shop where we gladly paid for our free admission with the purchase of a Spam hat, a beer bottle coozie, and a magnet (something which we generally collect from everywhere we’ve been and then hope the dog doesn’t eat them).
Overall, the Spam Museum comes highly recommended by my wife and me. We had a blast in Austin yesterday and I honestly believe that we’ll go back again sometime in the future, just for fun. Maybe then we can check out the restaurant across the street that advertises Spam menu items. Mmm, mmm! Have you ever been to the Spam Museum in Austin? If so, what did you think? Do you have any plans to get down there to check it out? Do you actually eat Spam? Perhaps you have some favorite recipes you’d like to share if you do? Whatever you have to say about the Hormel Spam Museum in Austin, MN go ahead and comment on below!
1101 N Main St
Austin, MN 55912
Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: noon – 5 PM
See all the pictures from the Spam Museum on Flickr here.