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Page 40 of 67 41 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 SPAM MUSEUM A U S T I N , M I N N E S O T A With an entreaty of "Please don't eat the exhibits," the Spam Mu- seum in Austin, Minnesota, takes visitors on a journey into the world of mystery meat. "Over the past 80 years, we have created quite the relationship with families, not only in the U.S. but internationally as well," said Savile Lord, manager of communications. As groups wander through the museum's seven galleries, they will learn about the founding of Spam's parent company, Hormel Foods; how Spam is made with six key ingredients; and how Spam products are used in cuisine across the globe in countries like Japan, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Some highlights of the exhibits include the classic Monty Python "Spam" skit; bluegrass instruments made from Spam cans; and a 12-foot, 60-pound Spam rocket. A 390-foot Spam conveyor belt runs throughout the museum, displaying 20 as- sorted flavors of Spam. "e Spam Museum is very much a kitschy museum, but it's infor- mative as well," said Lord. ere are also plenty of opportunities to sample Spam, with variet- ies like teriyaki, oven-roasted turkey and real Hormel bacon. Before leaving, visitors are encouraged to stop by the indoor children's play area or the 1,400-square-foot gift shop. W W W . S P A M . C O M Courtesy Spam Museum Spam Museum photo op

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