8 Bizarre Food Museums

A look at some crazy museums dedicated to food.


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The National Peanut Board and New York sandwich shop Peanut Butter & Co. have recently announced the opening of the Nutropolitan Museum of Art next month. The culinary exhibit and gallery will celebrate the art of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. PB&J lovers are not the only ones who can enjoy learning about their favorite foods — there are museums dedicated to a host of culinary delights, such as the Currywurst Museum in Berlin, or the Jell-O Gallery in Le Roy, New York. Here is a look at some of the most over-the-top food museums. 

 

The Currywurst Museum — Berlin, Germany

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this popular German snack food. At The Currywurst Museum visitors can enjoy the spice chamber, where they can taste and sniff distinct currywurst flavoring blends, or explore what it’s like to own their own currywurst snack bar. 

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The National Dairy Shrine Museum — Fort Atkinson, Wis.

The dairy industry has had a rich history in the American landscape. Learn the history of ice cream, explore the evolution of dairy technology, and be sure to check out the dog-powered butter churn.

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The Jell-O Gallery — Le Roy, N.Y.

Did you know that Jell-O was one of the first products sold door-to-door? Increase your trivia knowledge about this iconic treat with a trip to the Jell-O gallery. The museum currently features an exhibit on how Bill Cosby has influenced the Jell-O industry.

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The National Mustard Museum — Middleton, Wis.

This museum boasts a collection of more than 5,600 mustard varieties. From historical memorabilia to an extensive array of mustard pots, this temple to one of the world’s most popular condiments has it all.

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The Idaho Potato Museum — Blackfoot, ID

Idaho has long been associated with the potato industry. This museum seeks to showcase how Idaho potatoes are grown and harvested, and educate visitors on their history. Those visiting the museum from out-of-state will receive a box of hash browns with each ticket of admission.

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The Shinyokohama Ramen Museum — Yokohama, Japan

Explore the rise in popularity of ramen that began in Japanese port cities. This museum has an exhibit featuring the different types of ramen, both traditional and modern. Visitors can take note of the subtle differences in the varieties of ramen found throughout Japan. 

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The Spam Museum — Austin, Minn.

Surely the most elaborate museum dedicated to canned meat, The Spam Museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia dating back to World War II. Test your Spam knowledge by playing the game show quiz, or watch a classic Spam commercial.

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The Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum — Seoul, Korea

This museum is dedicated to educating visitors on the importance of kimchi in Korean culture. The vast collection of academic papers and books are kept as a resource for anthropological researchers. The museum frequently offers kimchi making workshops as well as tasting events. 

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Natioanl "Daily" Shrine? Ever hear of editing? Three cheers for online journalism. Please note the sarcasm.

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I hear the world's first pizza culture museum is opening in Philadelphia 2011. Apparently the guy opening it just applied for the Guiness Record of 'Largest Pizza Memorabilia Collection'!
Guaranteed to be a wild time.
http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/01/pizza-brain-part-arcade-pi...

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there's a great museum dedicated to the history of the corkscrew in southern france - worth a visit if you're in provence. :)

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