9 of the World’s Quirkiest Food Museums

Published January 12th, 2021 - 01:03 GMT

We all know the historical and archeological museums, and visiting them is usually on our “places to visit” lists when we travel. However, you might be missing out on a lot if you don’t add “food museums” to this list! 

Here are 9 of the world’s strangest food museums:

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1. Dutch Cheese Museum - Alkmaar, Netherlands

1. Dutch Cheese Museum - Alkmaar, Netherlands: This museum explores the history of the Dutch cheeses and how they’re made. It’s located in one of Alkmaar’s oldest buildings; the 16th century Cheese Weigh House in Waagplein Square.

2.Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France

2.Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France: In this mouthwatering museum, you can find any object you can think of sculptured in chocolate! This is a heaven for chocolate lovers and for artistic tourists with a sweet tooth.

3. Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan

3. Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan: You won’t be able to find Samurai swords in this museum, but you’ll definitely find your appetite there! Surprisingly, the Cup Noodle Museum is not the only museum in Japan dedicated to instant noodles, otherwise known as ramen. In this museum though, you can find a replica of the shed in which the first type of ramen was invented.

4. Friet Museum, Bruges, Belgium

4. Friet Museum, Bruges, Belgium: If you think French Fries were invented in France, then you’re wrong! This delicious invention originated in Belgium where it is known as Belgian friet. And this museum is the only museum dedicated to exploring the history of this delicacy.

5. Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Carpigiani, Italy

5. Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Carpigiani, Italy: Italians took their love and devotion to their ice cream to a whole new level by creating a museum dedicated to exhibiting the history of their renowned Gelato. The museum is located in Bologna, and it was once the factory of the manufacturer of the world’s first ice cream-making machine; Carpigiani.

6.The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður, Iceland

6.The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður, Iceland: The small oily fish, Herring, might not sound as an appealing type of food, but if you visit The Herring Era Museum, you will certainly leave with a new appreciation of this unpopular fish. The museum is located inside a former salting station that was built in the 20th century.

7. Pizza Hut Museum - Wichita, Kansas

7. Pizza Hut Museum - Wichita, Kansas: This might be the world’s “youngest” food museum as it opened its doors to visitors in April 2017 on the very same site of the first Pizza Hut restaurant. The museum is full of pizza-related memorabilia, including the first Pizza Hut pizza pan used in 1958. Other unique items can be found such as Pizza Hut Barbie dolls, menus, staff lists from the 1950s, and signage from the first restaurant.

8. The Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho

8. The Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho: This museum is home to both the world’s largest potato and the world’s largest potato chip, along with a wealth of potato-related facts. And if you ever made it to this museum, don’t forget to visit the café, where you can indulge in a chocolate-dipped potato.

9. The Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota

9. The Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota: You might not be a big fan of Spam, but did you know that Spam played a huge role in WWII, when it became a staple for servicemen and women?! You can learn this and much more interesting facts about the world's most famous processed meat in this museum.

1. Dutch Cheese Museum - Alkmaar, Netherlands
2.Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France
3. Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan
4. Friet Museum, Bruges, Belgium
5. Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Carpigiani, Italy
6.The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður, Iceland
7. Pizza Hut Museum - Wichita, Kansas
8. The Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho
9. The Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota
1. Dutch Cheese Museum - Alkmaar, Netherlands
1. Dutch Cheese Museum - Alkmaar, Netherlands: This museum explores the history of the Dutch cheeses and how they’re made. It’s located in one of Alkmaar’s oldest buildings; the 16th century Cheese Weigh House in Waagplein Square.
2.Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France
2.Le Musée Art du Chocolat de Lisle sur Tarn, Lisle-sur-Tarn, France: In this mouthwatering museum, you can find any object you can think of sculptured in chocolate! This is a heaven for chocolate lovers and for artistic tourists with a sweet tooth.
3. Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan
3. Cup Noodle Museum, Yokohama, Japan: You won’t be able to find Samurai swords in this museum, but you’ll definitely find your appetite there! Surprisingly, the Cup Noodle Museum is not the only museum in Japan dedicated to instant noodles, otherwise known as ramen. In this museum though, you can find a replica of the shed in which the first type of ramen was invented.
4. Friet Museum, Bruges, Belgium
4. Friet Museum, Bruges, Belgium: If you think French Fries were invented in France, then you’re wrong! This delicious invention originated in Belgium where it is known as Belgian friet. And this museum is the only museum dedicated to exploring the history of this delicacy.
5. Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Carpigiani, Italy
5. Carpigiani Gelato Museum, Carpigiani, Italy: Italians took their love and devotion to their ice cream to a whole new level by creating a museum dedicated to exhibiting the history of their renowned Gelato. The museum is located in Bologna, and it was once the factory of the manufacturer of the world’s first ice cream-making machine; Carpigiani.
6.The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður, Iceland
6.The Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður, Iceland: The small oily fish, Herring, might not sound as an appealing type of food, but if you visit The Herring Era Museum, you will certainly leave with a new appreciation of this unpopular fish. The museum is located inside a former salting station that was built in the 20th century.
7. Pizza Hut Museum - Wichita, Kansas
7. Pizza Hut Museum - Wichita, Kansas: This might be the world’s “youngest” food museum as it opened its doors to visitors in April 2017 on the very same site of the first Pizza Hut restaurant. The museum is full of pizza-related memorabilia, including the first Pizza Hut pizza pan used in 1958. Other unique items can be found such as Pizza Hut Barbie dolls, menus, staff lists from the 1950s, and signage from the first restaurant.
8. The Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho
8. The Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho: This museum is home to both the world’s largest potato and the world’s largest potato chip, along with a wealth of potato-related facts. And if you ever made it to this museum, don’t forget to visit the café, where you can indulge in a chocolate-dipped potato.
9. The Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota
9. The Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota: You might not be a big fan of Spam, but did you know that Spam played a huge role in WWII, when it became a staple for servicemen and women?! You can learn this and much more interesting facts about the world's most famous processed meat in this museum.