Feb 23,2007 00:00
Saimi Rote Bergmann
Step aside, stegosaurus. Move over, Monet. We want museums that feature food.
For foodies, the best part of travel is discovering the area's cuisine, from downtown diner to uptown bistro. You can add even more culinary interest to your vacation by picking a destination with a food museum.
CRANBERRY CRATES - Before modern technology, cranberries were harvested by hand and put in these wooden drying crates, now on display at the MUSTARD MUSEUM - The Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wis., stocks more than 4,700 jars, bottles and tubes of mustards from all 50 states and 60 countries. CNS Photo courtesy of The Mustard Museum.
CRANBERRY CRATES - Before modern technology, cranberries were harvested by hand and put in these wooden drying crates, now on display at the
MUSTARD MUSEUM - The Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wis., stocks more than 4,700 jars, bottles and tubes of mustards from all 50 states and 60 countries. CNS Photo courtesy of The Mustard Museum.
We did not include in our list the myriad virtual food museums on the Web, but for chuckles, check out the
Of course our list isn't all-inclusive. And remember to call or visit the Web site for up-to-date information on when a museum is open.
This museum contains more than 4,700 jars, bottles and tubes of mustards from all 50 states and 60 countries. Also mustard pots, tins, vintage mustard ads, plus a store selling about 500 kinds of mustard (yes, they offer samples). Curator Barry Levenson says, tongue firmly in cheek, they have a mustard college, called
Located inside Heritage Hall with the Marion County Historical Society, this museum features restored antique popcorn machines, from wagon-mounted to stand-alone. Try to finagle a guided tour with the often hilarious, always outspoken curator and owner, George Brown. Visitors are given a bag of freshly popped popcorn as they leave. Adults $3 donation.
Housed in a pre-Civil War bank barn, visitors to this museum are served apple juice and cookies. Exhibits include apple peelers, cider presses, a re-created 1880s farm kitchen, collection of apple-related post cards and the Apple Core Band. Admission $2 for adults.
Jell-O was invented and manufactured in this small town from 1897 to 1964. Museum director Lynne Belluscio says their century-old stone building houses Jell-O molds, cookbooks, toys, Jell-O still lifes, Bill Cosby videos, and a "Jell-O-meter" used in the factory test kitchen to make sure it had the right jigglyness.
There's also a gallery of original oil paintings used as illustrations for magazine ads. The gift shop sells antique and new molds, Jell-O-imprinted boxer shorts, T-shirts, aprons and more. Admission $3 adults, $1.50 children.
Housed in an 1817 grist mill with a water wheel set on 20 rolling acres, the museum includes an 1817 ice cream parlor, scoops and other ice-cream-making supplies. Next door, tour the Velvet Ice Cream factory.
Admission is free to this 16,500-square-foot museum, which opened in 2001. As visitors enter the museum lobby, they walk directly beneath a towering wall of 3,390 cans of SPAM.
- The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum
This is the largest collection of memorabilia about John "Appleseed" Chapman, a missionary who planted apple seeds as he traveled. In 1999, seedlings from the last known surviving apple tree planted by Chapman were transplanted in the museum courtyard.
This museum's exhibits include story of Milton S. Hershey's life; Kisstory, the history of the Hershey Kiss; an old-time candy kitchen; and a chocolate-factory machine from the 1930s. Classes and tours. It is adjacent to the Hersheypark amusement park. Admission $7 adults, $3.50 youths.
- The American Institute of Baking
Emerson Library of the American Institute of Baking
Artifacts related to commercial baking, 3,800-year-old samples of Egyptian breads, and the "world's largest collection of baker statuettes and figurines.
- COPIA, The
Adult admission $5, includes wine tastings, an exhibit called "Forks in the Road," and sensory stations offering mini tastings. It has an on-site restaurant called Julia's Kitchen.
- World of
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Includes a 1930s Barnes Soda Fountain, where a soda jerk demonstrates how early Coca-Cola was prepared and served. Hear early songs, ads and radio programs sponsored by Coke. The International Lounge offers a sampler of 20 exotic beverages Coca-Cola makes that aren't available in the