In the United States we love our food so much that we even have museums dedicated its history. If you find yourself on the road looking for some quirky stops this spring and summer, William Bailey Travel invites you to consider checking out these culinary exhibits.
SPAM Museum: Austin, Minnesota
What EXACTLY is SPAM? Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? If you have the burning desire to know the answer to these questions, then this is the stop for you! The museum has 16,500 square feet dedicated to interactive displays, old advertisements, videos and a ton of information and trivia about SPAM. There is even a gift shop where you can get souvenirs as proof that you visited. The museum is going through a slight renovations but is set to reopen in the spring, so mark your calendars for upcoming road trips. More information about the museum is available online at spam.com or by calling 800-LUV-SPAM.
Washington Banana Museum: Auburn, Washington
What do you do when your hobby turns into a massive collection of all things banana? Open a banana museum, of course! Owner Ann Mitchell Lovell began collecting banana related items in 1980 while on a trip to Hawaii. She slowly started gathering more banana related items, buying some herself as well as receiving them as gifts. Her interest in bananas quickly became a 6,000- piece collection, which ultimately became the banana museum. Located in downtown Auburn, Washington, hours of operations vary. If you are planning a trip it is best to call ahead to see if they are open. They can be reached at 253-804-8041 or view the collection online at bananamuseum.com.
The Idaho Potato Museum: Blackfoot, Idaho
Looking for the world’s largest potato crisp? Wondering how many potatoes we eat each year in the United States? Curious about how the potato impacted the economic development of Idaho? This is the spot for you! This educational museum opened in 1990 and seeks to share the impact and history of the potato in the United States with the public. Displays include the history of the potato in the United States as well as important people in history who impacted the growth of the vegetable and its place in our history. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. Information regarding hours and admission prices can be found on idahopotatomuseum.com.
These are but a small example of unique food related stops along the American Highways. Take some time to explore that which awaits you!