Did you know that there is an entire museum dedicated solely to SPAM? Oh yes, there is! We happened upon this jewel of Americana as we made our way up the road to Wisconsin. Being in desperate need of a stretch break, we hopped out and took a quick tour.
Do you see our happy faces at being out of the car, if even for only half an hour? It was a sixteen-hour drive, and the company gave us one day to make it!!! Lord-a-mercy.
At the SPAM museum, you can learn the history of Hormel Foods, manufacturing processes, and meat preservation techniques all in the same room. Also, there is a heavy focus on the Depression and World War II years, as SPAM was provided to troops and citizens of war-torn Europe.
Personally, I liked the old radio station that played Burns & Allen shows on a continuous loop, and would have been quite happy to sit a spell and listen! George & Gracie's late 1930's shows were sponsored by SPAM. As you make your way through the museum, "Spambassadors" are wandering around handing out "spamples" of their products.
After going through the museum, you can try your hand at SPAM Jeopardy, view Monty Python's Spam-a-lot, and visit the gift store. Two of us aren't put off by highly processed, potted meats, so a sampler pack was purchased. They make 44,000 cans each hour, so there's more than plenty from which to choose!
Have you ever wondered what 4,000 cans of SPAM looked like? (C'mon....I know you have...) When I asked if Hormel has ever considered making a vegetarian SPAM, he said, "Some people do ask that question. I tell them it's un-American."
All in all, it was a great, quick stopover. We wouldn't have made a special trip to Minnesota just to see it, but it was worth the stop. Did I mention that the museum has free admission??? Ready to make the trip yourself? Here is some information about going...
SPAM Museum trip :