by Linda (minnemom of Travels with Children)
SPAM®. The food, that is. You may love it or hate it, but did you know there’s a museum dedicated to it? It’s a great place for a family outing, and best of all, it’s free.
To tell you the truth, I had never even tasted SPAM before we stepped foot in the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota. After watching the movie about the history of SPAM, and learning about SPAM fans and SPAM conventions, and finally stepping out into the museum’s exhibit area, I was brave when the SPAM samples came out and had my first taste of SPAM.
Before I went to the museum, I didn’t know how many kinds of SPAM there were, or how many countries it was sold in, or how many cans of SPAM are sold each year. Nor did I really care. But the SPAM museum is just fun and interesting and interactive enough that all of the SPAM facts seem important.
Our kids loved putting on their lab coats and pretending to make some SPAM in the Hands-On SPAM area. They loved watching the cans of SPAM on the overhead track, moving along like a train. They especially liked that I bought them each a SPAM-mobile in the gift shop. Really, how many kids have a SPAM-mobile in their Matchbox car collection?
If you’re driving along I-90 in Southern Minnesota, be sure to stop in at the SPAM Museum. You can get your own SPAM-mobile, learn a little about SPAM, and have some fun as well.
Read about more fun things to do in Minnesota and beyond at Travels with Children.