Visiting the SPAM Museum, Austin MN

@JohnRoberts (41700)
Los Angeles, California
October 12, 2017 8:59am CST
“Spam and eggs Spam and sausage Spam! Spam! Spam!” Some of you will remember the old Monty Python sketch. George Hormel established his meat packing company in 1891 in Austin, Minnesota. The small city remains Hormel headquarters. The company’s best known product SPAM was introduced in 1937 and an immediate success continuing to this day. Containing God knows what unhealthy ingredients, SPAM was considered a cheap poor people’s food for decades until being somewhat “gourmet” running close to $3 a can. The SPAM Museum is located in downtown Austin in a shiny building painted in the distinctive SPAM colors (mainly yellow). Everything SPAM is here. The product has come a long way from the original. Today’s SPAM features an endless variety of flavors. The museum’s centerpiece is Can Central literally showing stacks of cans of SPAM varieties. This is multimedia area where you can email SPAM recipes to yourself and leave comments. A moving can conveyor belt runs overhead. A work area explains how SPAM is made (like they will reveal what really goes in) and you can play working on an assembly line. The most interesting area relates company history as George Hormel settled in Austin and started a packing plant in an abandoned creamery. His office has been recreated. Vintage wood and tin containers were once used for the company’s original products pure lard and pork fat. The company’s fortunes took off under the direction of Hormel’s son Jay. Not only did Jay introduce SPAM but also Hormel chili con carne, Hormel canned ham and Dinty Moore beef stew. Vintage cans of those products are displayed. SPAM as k-ration during World War II is shown. A large colorful section is World Market. SPAM is hugely popular outside the US in countries like the Philippines. Special varieties are produced for Japan and Latin America. Hawaii has its own SPAM. A screen playing a continuous loop of the Monty Python sketch is next to a poster of the stage musical “Spamalot.” Admission is free to this big advertisement but no free samples. You can buy all the SPAM in a can and gear you desire in the gift shop.
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@FourWalls (10603)
• United States
12 Oct
SPAM is an acronym: Something Passing As Meat.
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
Yes, those mystery ingredients.
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@NJChicaa (31304)
• United States
12 Oct
I fill my husband's Christmas stocking with various flavors of SPAM every year
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
He likes SPAM! SPAM! SPAM!
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@NJChicaa (31304)
• United States
12 Oct
@JohnRoberts unfortunately he does
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@1creekgirl (9076)
• United States
12 Oct
I hesitate to admit it, but I like Spam. I don't want it every day, but fried Spam on white bread and mayo is yummy!
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
SPAM is very very popular and many love it.
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@FayeHazel (12322)
• United States
12 Oct
Lol. My grandpa toured it when my mom was a kid. They never ate Spam again. I've never tried it, nor toured it. Thanks for the review
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• United States
12 Oct
Believe it or not I've never had Spam. Interesting thought that they have a museum
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
My mother prepared SPAM when I was a kid and I never liked it. Had to drench it in ketchup.
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@ebanreb (4883)
• Philippines
12 Oct
nice one spam is no longer a food but a museum.
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@Kandae11 (28939)
12 Oct
I can't think why there would be a museum for Spam.
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
Because Austin, MN is headquarters for Hormel and SPAM is their biggest product.
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@teamfreak16 (37036)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Oct
I used to work with a guy that collected all things SPAM.
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@LeaPea2417 (15909)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Oct
That would be neat to visit. I am actually one of those who like spam. I think it goes great with eggs or pancakes.
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@Scrapper88 (1350)
• United States
12 Oct
I have heard of the spam museum, but I never been there. I do not eat very much spam.
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@Corbin5 (84678)
• United States
12 Oct
I have never purchased SPAM, but I think my parents did. It only has 6 ingredients in it, including meats, so maybe it is an OK food to eat, sparingly.
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@louievill (16578)
• Philippines
12 Oct
Spam fed American troops during WWIi, my 85 year old mother to this day keeps repeating the story of a close relative's house where SPAM was made into steps similar to stairs, brought by American soldiers when liberation was near since some of her relatives fought with them, it fed a lot of hungry civilians so we patronize SPAM, Hormel and all their products.
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@marlina (64572)
• Canada
12 Oct
Must be most interesting to visit the Spam museum.
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@maezee (28756)
• United States
12 Oct
Haha no free samples! What! This is my home state but for some reason have never thoughr to go.
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• Philippines
12 Oct
i love spam and eggs .. specially in breakfast.. yumm ..
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@jstory07 (59589)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Oct
I have never eaten Spam it does not sound all that good to me.
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Oct
It's an acquired taste. I don't like it but my mother does.
@RasmaSandra (13785)
• Riga, Latvia
12 Oct
This was interesting. I was a big SPAM fan in NYC. I loved making casseroles with it. We cannot get SPAM here. We have something similar called pressed meat but it just isn't the same.
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@JohnRoberts (41700)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Oct
Wow, no SPAM there? A missing market for Hormel.
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• United States
14 Oct
Good lord, spam has a museum! That is interesting, I think I am the only person in this area that actually likes spam....or even knows what it is. Spam fried in maple syrup was one of my favorite snacks. For some reason all I can think of now is dr seuss green eggs and ham....
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@EddieHands (34195)
• United States
14 Oct
Yum I want to go there just to eat all the spam. It's part of my plan.
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• Preston, England
13 Oct
I love Spam (apart from the e-mail junk variety) and the best kind of SPAM is of course
The origin of SPAM. If you like this video, support Monthy Python buying their DVD.
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