Visiting the SPAM Museum

The year was 2014 and I was road tripping across Minnesota, on my way to Walnut Grove, Pipestone National Monument, and ultimately Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A stop in Austin, Minnesota to visit the iconic SPAM® Museum was on my bucket list for some time, so I pulled off the highway to see the attraction in real life.

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Note: The SPAM Museum was closed a month after my visit and will re-open in 2016 in a new location in downtown Austin. You can still, however, visit the SPAM store and shop for all your curated meat merchandise.

Photo below: A SPAM store full of t-shirts, hats, recipe books, and other souvenirs.

gift shop

I’m not certain if any of these attractions will carry over to the new-and-improved museum, but I learned a few things about:

  1. How the product is manufactured (see bad hair photo below):  making spam2. Where the product is shipped and consumed—if you’ve ever visited Hawaii, you may have seen SPAM on the menu, as the Pacific Ocean island state is the number one consumer of SPAM worldwide.

spam exhibitOr, 3. Perhaps some SPAM theater? If anything, the museum is a super fun place to take touristy photos and buy a souvenir.

spam on couchIf you visit, plan to spend a few hours fully exploring the museum and the exhibits. I remember a nominal admission fee, but can’t tell you exactly what we paid.

Chances are someone will be out with food samples and you can try some SPAM for yourself.

Happy trails!

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at