Food Museums: An Eclectic List

Posted on May 22, 2015

I love museums. They link our past, present and future, reminding us of what was, helping us to understand what is, and providing a foundation for what is to come.

Museums take many forms, and few people know about one of those forms – the food museum. So to help you on your way, here is an eclectic list of the world’s food museums (see also the symposium blog for the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, where I maintain and update the list). I particularly like the baked bean museum, and museums devoted wholly to single foods like prunes and carrots and, of course the wonderful Museum of Burnt Food!

Alimentarium Vevey, Switzerland

An eclectic collection viewable online

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence Port Talbot, Wales

In the home of “Captain Beany”

Bakkerijmuseum Hattem, The Netherlands

Bakery museum housed in sixteenth-century baker’s house

Barbaryannis ouzo museum Plomari, Lesvos, Greece

Now this really appeals!

Brogdale Collections Faversham, U.K.

National fruit collection with over 4000 varieties

Bruges Beer Museum Bruges, Belgium

Does just what it says on the tin

Burnt Food Museum On-line

“Celebrating nearly two decades of Culinary Disaster”

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum Ottawa, Canada

Cork Butter Museum Cork, Ireland

The story of Ireland’s most important food export and the world’s largest butter market

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum Norwich, UK

The real deal

Corn Palace Mitchell, South Dakota, USA

A folk-art wonder

Currywurst Museum Berlin, Germany

Near Checkpoint Charlie; devoted to the curry/ketchup covered steamed and fried pork sausage snack

Das Chocoladenmusem im Herzen Hamburgs Hamburg, Germany

Chocolate museum sponsored by Hachez, smaller than the one in Cologne

Deutsches Kochbuchmuseum Dortmund, Germany

Museum of cookbooks, due to (re)open at the end of 2015

Économusée De La Brasserie St Paulin, Quebec

A microbrewery where the atmosphere and décor evoke the old-time taverns of New France

Eesti Piimandusmuuseum Järvamaa, Estonia

Estonian dairy museum

Endangered Cake Museum New Orleans, USA

A wonderful concept! Now housed by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Escoffier Museum of Culinary Arts Villeneuve-Loubet, France

Frietkotmuseum Antwerp, The Netherlands

Detailed reconstruction of a chip stand from 1860, serving real chips in paper cones

Frietmuseum Bruges, Belgium

Dedicated to potato fries, and housed in one of Bruge’s loveliest buildings

Gaziantep Culinary Museum Gaziantep, Turkey

Set in an old house down a cobbled side street; the cuisine of Southeast Turkey

Grain Academy Museum Calgary, Canada

History of the grain industry in Canada

Ingersoll Cheese and Dairy Museum Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada

Replica C19 cheese factory

International Vinegar Museum Roslyn, South Dakota, USA

All you wanted to know about vinegar

Klippfish Museum Kristiansund, Norway

A museum of air-dried salted cod

La Maison du Gruyère Pringy-Gruyère, Switzerland

Interactive exhibition of “the king of cheese” and restaurant

Le Musée du Bonbon Haribo sur Uzès dans le Gard Uzes, France

A whole museum for this popular sweet

Lofoten Stockfish Museum Lofoten, Norway

Norway’s oldest export commodity (apart from the Vikings)

Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario St. Jacob’s, Ontario, Canada

Small but perfectly formed

Musée de Champignon Saumur, France

Mushrooms in caves, mushrooms in cases, mushrooms on plates …

Musée du Foie Gras Frespech, France

One of many French Foie Gras museums, recommended by Kate Hill – history nd tastings!

Musée du fromage cheddar Saint-Prime, Quebec, Canada

Cheddar cheese museum

Musée du Pruneaux Granges sur Lot, France

A museum devoted to prunes!

Musée et Bibliothéque de la Gourmandise Hermalle-sous-Huy, Belgium

“The curious and entertaining history of cookery and food”. Wonderful!

Musei del Cibo Parma, Italy

The food museums of Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano; Prosciutto di Parma; Salami; The tomato

Museo del Frutta Turin, Italy

The fruit museum of Turin

Museo del Jamon Madrid

Really a delicatessen devoted to ham, with close to a thousand cured hams hanging from the ceiling like chandeliers

Museu da Gastronomia Baina Salvador, Brazil

A museum of Afro-Brazilian culinary history

Museum de Locht North Limburg, The Netherlands

A museum of life on the farm, focusing on asparagus, mushrooms, bread and beer – what could be better!

Museum of Bread Culture Ulm, Germany

Museum of Food and Drink On-line

An upcoming ambitious project

Museum of Iberian Ham Aracena, Spain

Shares premises with a mushroom museum

Museum PSYRI Athens, Greece

A museum of Greek gastronomy


Museum of the American Cocktail New Orleans, USA


Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta Sparta, Greece

Looks beautiful! There are also olive museums in Naxos, Crete and Kefalonia

Mustard Museum Doesburg, The Netherlands

National Museum of Pasta Foods Rome, Italy

Temporarily closed; reopening in 2015 (hopefully)

National Mustard Museum Middleton, Wisconsin, USA

Runs the “world-wide mustard competition”

Norwegian Canning Museum Stavanger, Norway

Ponterfract Museum Ponterfract, UK

A combination of liquorice and art nouveau!

Potato museums

Wikipedia has a huge list, although it seems not to be up to full wiki standards

Pulmuone Kimchi Museum Seoul, South Korea

Currently closed; may be reopening in new venue, March 2015

Sanliurfa Kitchen Museum Sanliurfa, Turkey

Preserving local food traditions in city nominated for UNESCO’s city of gastronomy

Schokoladenmuseum Cologne, Belgium

The diverse history of cocoa and chocolate, sponsored by Lindt

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum Shinyokohama, Japan

“The world’s first food-themed amusement park”

Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SOFAB) New Orleans, USA

Food of the deep South

Stichting Behoud en Bevording Fruitcultuur Doesburg, The Netherlands

A museum of old fruit varieties

Strange and Unusual On-line

A listing of strange and unusual food museums, including a fish ball museum and a museum of celebrity leftovers, together with many that already appear in this list

Tiptree (jam) Museum Tiptree, Essex, UK

With a rather nice tea shop

Torino wax fruit museum Torino, Italy

Over a thousand “artificial plastic fruits”, all modeled by the same man

Truffle Museum Cahors, France

Run by Pebeyre family on their farm

Twinings Tea Museum London, UK

A small museum in a large tea shop that is a museum in itself

Virtual Food Museum On-line

Linda Roodenburg’s great creation – an Internet food museum!

World Carrot Museum On-line

More about carrots than you ever wanted to know

… and finally:

Searchable directory compiled by Shirley Cherkasky and friends



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