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“preserving the cultural heritage of SPAM”
As one of America's weirdest food museums, the SPAM museum also has another claim to fame: It's one of the most offbeat places you can get married in America! That's right, on April 25th, 2017, Mark Benson (who legally changed his name to Mark "I Love SPAM" Benson) married his love, Ann Mousley at the SPAM Museum. The couple traveled all the way from Liverpool, UK to live out their dream wedding. Their vows were said surrounded by historic artifacts commemorating the canned meat sensation. Guests dined on SPAM Musubi, and wished the couple well as they jet off to Hawaii to enjoy their honeymoon at the SPAM JAM festival in Waikiki. The Spam Museum is an admission-free museum in Austin, Minnesota dedicated to SPAM® brand, a line of precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation. The museum tells the history of the Hormel Foods, the origin of SPAM® products, and its place in world culture. The newly built, 14,000 square foot museum and comprises nine galleries. These include Can Central, 1891 & Beyond History, World Market, Serving Our Troops Military, SPAM® 101, SPAM® Today, Hormel Foods Today and Kids Can Play. Many of the exhibits include games, interactive videos, and hands-on activities. The gift shop offers hundreds of SPAM® branded items and gifts. Volunteer guides - known as SPAMbassadors - offer visitors small bits of SPAM® product on a toothpick or pretzel stick, commonly known as SPAMples. Hours: April-October Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: Noon-5pm First Thursday of every month: 10am-8pm November-March: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Sunday: Noon-5pm CLOSED: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Interactive, compact, and free museum. I grew up eating spam and it brings fond memories. This location is only an hour and a half from dt Minneapolis and well worth a trip out to the country for... Read more
I'm not sure I would have added a visit to the SPAM museum on our recent trip out west, but my traveling companion wanted to stop so we did. I was pleasantly surprised -- especially since my... Read more
I was in Minneapolis for a quick weekend trip from the West Coast and tried to find time to kill early in the morning when I arrived. Austin, MN is about 1.5 hour by car from Minneapolis but it... Read more
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- Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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