Midwest Destination

Midwest Destination:
    The Spam Museum
    1937 Spam Boulevard
    Austin, Mower Co, Minnesota

The Spam Museum

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Don't plan a trip to southeastern Minnesota without stopping in at the Spam Museum.

No, it is not a museum dedicated to the annoying emails you receive. It is a museum dedicated to the recognition of a company that created a product in the time of war for our troops - a product that ended up in most of the kitchens in America and still remains a popular product.

The 16,500 square-foot SPAM Museum opened in September 2001 and was an unexpected treat. It is clean, interesting, extremely interactive and FREE. You're going to have fun, even if, heaven forbid, you don't eat Spam.

Being the competitive person, I am, I thoroughly enjoyed the Assembly Line Simulation and the Quiz Show (see below). The assembly line was a chance to see if you make the cut at packing, cooking, covering and labeling 6 of the product in the amount of time allowed. No, I wouldn't make a good assembly line worker but I did beat [by 3 seconds] my husband, Denny.

Then, moving on to the Quiz Show where you stand at the podium with a simulated MC who asked the questions. The questions are about the history of Spam and test how well you absorbed the information in the musuem. You key in your response and the scores were added up. He tried but I won.

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A quick visit to the gift shop ended our trip to the ever popular Spam Museum. -- Intertesting - Who would have thought it?

Museum hours:
May 1 to Labor Day: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12 Noon-4 p.m.
Labor Day to April 30: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12 Noon-4 p.m.
The Spam Museum is closed Mondays and the following holidays:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day & Christmas Day

...And, I repeat, there is NO ADMISSION FEE. Yes, that's right - NONE!

For more information, visit www.hormel.com or www.spam.com
Or call: 1-800-LUV-SPAM (1-800-588-7726)

Have fun in your own backyard!
Connie Eccles
CEO of ComPortOne

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