Food is life and life is food. There’s no surprise that Mother Earth is home to a number of the coolest museums ever, from a banana museum to an asparagus museum!! All you need is a plane ticket and a foodie’s heart.
International Banana Club Museum
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Perhaps it is the world’s greatest fruit, just look at a tv show made just about two bananas in pyjamas, and a museum home to over 17 000 banana related items. The banana display can be found at Altedena, US, but in case it’s a tad too far to get there, you could always join their International Banana Club membership for US$15 on their website. You’ll really go bananas for this one 😉
Located at: 98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254, USA
Phone: +1 619-840-1429
Friet (Fries) Museum
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One can never have too many fries… until you get a sore throat that is. The museum is located in Brussels, Belgium, and answers your burning questions about fries, like the secret to making great fries, and its crazy history. Legend has it that it was invented in Peru almost 10 000 years ago! At the end of the tour, you could have the most authentic Belgium potato fry at their medieval cellar.
Located at: Frietmuseum, Vlamingstraat 33, 8000 Brugge
Phone: +32 50 34 01 50
Kansas Underground Salt Museum
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I don’t think life will be worth living if salt never existed on earth. At the underground salt museum in Kansas, USA, you would be taken 650 feet below ground. You’ll be taken on a super cool train ride through the salt mine that was left as it is in the 1950s, past nuclear waste storage areas, mine hazards and the mining gallery.
The European Asparagus Museum
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A museum dedicated to Asparagus?! It could actually be a way to get kids to eat their vegetables, but you’d have to go to Schrobehausen, Germany for that. The Asparagus is a prestigious vegetable and is regarded as the ‘Royal Vegetable’ in Germany. During the Asparagus harvest, the museum conducts tasting sessions and seminars, but on any other day, you could explore three floors of exhibits that depicts the entire history, uses, agriculture, arts, and so on. You’ll never eat your greens the same way again.
Located at: Europäisches Spargelmuseum, Am Hofgraben 3, 86529 Schrobenhausen
Phone: (08252) 900
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The Koreans take their Kimchi reaaally seriously. There’s a museum that shows you how Kimchi is made in the past and present, and it’s rich history. The entry fee is very affordable, about 3000 won (~$3.60), and definitely worth a visit when you’re in Seoul, Korea.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
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What if I told you you could build your own customised candy bar?! At the Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania, USA, you could take a tour of how chocolate is made, from the beans to the final product. It also features a 4D ride, a chocolate tasting experience, and the best part – a bakery made with Hershey’s products. Fancy some Reese’s chocolate butter cake, Hershey’s kisses cupcakes, or Reese’s Peanut White Butter cup? We’re drooling already.
Shin Yokohama Ramen museum
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Here you have all the ramen of Japan you could ever dream of. It is located in Yokohama, Japan, and features a variety of broths, noodles and even a replica of the first ramen dish eaten by a Samurai in the 17th century. How cool is that!
Cup Noodles Museum
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I can’t recall the number of times cup noodles saved my night. I NEED to get to this museum to stock up on all the cup noodle flavours (bless my hair). You can even DIY your own cup noodles and eat at their noodle bar!!! This museum is also really cool because there’s a chicken ramen factory that teaches you to make chicken ramen.
Located at: Japan, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001
Phone: +81 045-345-0918