Traveling to try local foods and hot restaurants is a growing trend, and some destinations are going the extra mile to showcase their local specialties and preserve that cultural history. The next time you’re planning a gastronomy-centered trip, consider visiting one of these cool food museums around the world.
Dutch Cheese Museum in Alkmaar, Netherlands
Cheese is a large part of the culture in Europe, and there’s no denying that The Netherlands’ gastronomy focuses around cheese. Housed in a historic building in Alkmaar, the Dutch Cheese Museum showcases two of the most important cheeses: Edam and Gouda. You’ll learn about cheese making, rural life in Holland, and see artifacts from the region. If you visit on a Friday during the cheese market season, which runs from the end of March to the end of September, you’ll get to see the historic market in action.
Currywurst Museum in Berlin, Germany
Currywurst is a popular dish in Germany that consists of bratwurst typically sliced and seasoned with curry ketchup. Currywurst was invented in 1949, and the museum opened its doors in 2009. The interactive museum takes guests down a “sauce trail” with a series of exhibits that engages all their senses and even a tasting at the end.
National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin
If you’re a fan of all things mustard, there is a museum for you in Wisconsin. The National Mustard Museum has more than 5,600 types of mustards collected from all 50 states as well as more than 70 countries. The founder of the museum, Barry Levenson, started collecting mustards in 1986, and left his law practice in 1991 to make this a full-time passion.
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan
The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was founded in 1994 and is more than a museum. It’s considered the first food-themed amusement park, that will both keep you entertained and your stomach full. It has a large food court that resembles a 1950’s Japanese food district. There is also a café that sells Hokkaido soft-serve ice cream, along with a shop selling Japanese candies.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum celebrates all the cultures that create what we know as Southern cuisine today. Much of the collection was crowdsourced, with everything donated, from menus and recipe cards to dish sets and soda bottles. There is a demonstration kitchen where guests can enjoy watching various iconic Southern recipes being prepared. Inside the museum, you’ll also find the Museum of the American Cocktail’s New Orleans Collection and La Galerie de l’Absinthe, which features an extensive collection of absinthe.
Carpigiani Gelato Museum in Bologna, Italy
If you’re in Italy, head to Bologna to satiate your sweet tooth by visiting the Carpigiani Gelato Museum. There are guided tours, gelato making courses, and special tasting events you can sign up for. There is also a store where you can buy more gelato to go if you didn’t get your fill in class!
Museum of Chocolate in New York City, New York
One of the newest food museums to open is the Museum of Chocolate in Manhattan. Created by French chocolatier Jacques Torres, it takes visitors on a journey of chocolate’s early beginnings in Mayan and Aztec cultures and how the cacao bean is transformed into chocolate. There are tools related to the cultivation of cacao on display and exhibits that show its influence in both Central America and Europe. And, of course, there are tastings, including Mayan hot chocolate and samples of dark, milk, and white chocolates.
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